National Affairs: Old School Tie

William Ramsey Laird III, West Virginia's new Senator, is a husky six-footer with prematurely grey hair and a leaning toward liberalism, "if liberal means one who is for the common good." At 39 he is the third youngest Senator (younger: Louisiana's Long, 37; Massachusetts' Kennedy, 38).

Laird and his wife Clara have three children: Mary Ella, 15, Elizabeth

McNeil, 4, and William Ramsey IV, 3. Because Washington is "an experience they'll always remember," the family temporarily will leave a comfortable eight-room house in Fayetteville, W. Va., for a furnished apartment in the capital while Laird is in the Senate.

Laird is a trial lawyer...

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