"He's my kind of guy—we need more men like Nunan," remarked the late Robert Hannegan of St. Louis, onetime (1943-44) Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Soon after, when Hannegan became Democratic Party Chairman, he picked Joseph D. Nunan Jr. to succeed him.

As BIR commissioner (1944-47), Nunan found need for his own cronies in top jobs. For Brooklyn collector he chose Joseph P. Marcelle, a Brooklyn ward boss. For director of New York's alcohol tax unit: James B. E. Olson, his former deputy.

When Republican Senator John J. Williams touched off the scandals in the BIR, Marcelle and Olson were among the...

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