THE CAPITAL: Up the Ladder

Just like Horatio Alger, E. Merl Young began at the bottom of the ladder and worked his way up in no time at all simply because he was personable, persevering alert—and a friend of the man who owned the ladder.

Merl got to know his benefactor in Missouri when he helped a little in Harry Truman's 1934 campaign for the Senate. A smooth-talking young man at 24, Merl came to Washington in 1937 and got a job with a dairy company. But his Missouri friend did not forget him. In 1940, Senator Truman gave Marl's wife, Lauretta, a job in...

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