POLITICAL NOTES: End of an Era

As his wife and eldest son sat a few feet away, watching intently, Governor Thomas E. Dewey last week stepped out in front of the television cameras in Manhattan's barnlike CBS studio 56. At 8 p.m. Dewey began speaking; by 8:02 he had made public a decision that went to the heart of U.S. politics. Said he: "After the most thorough and even painful consideration, I have concluded that the time has come for me to return to private life. I shall not, under any circumstances, be a candidate for any public...

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