NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Thunderer

Millions of Americans remember him best as a television star, a skinny, wrathful old man with the fervor of an evangelist. For weeks in 1951, as the Kefauver crime investigation held the U.S. public spellbound before their TV sets, New Hampshire's Senator Charles William Tobey stole scene after scene from Estes Kefauver, Rudolph Halley and the parade of squirming gangsters and sweating politicians. Tobey's righteous anger touched a responsive public nerve. Most of the watching public wanted, as Tobey did. to cut the gangsters down to size. His Yankee homilies, Bible quotations and Latin cliches were from another era, a...

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