No sooner had Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton announced his resignation last month than rumors started about the name of his successor. Columnist Drew Pearson reported that a Negro, Judge William H. Hastie of Philadelphia's Third U.S. Court of Appeals and former governor of the Virgin Islands, was a likely candidate. At presidential press conferences, reporters badgered Ike on the possibilities of a Southern appointee to salve bitter feelings over the segregation issue, or perhaps a New Englander, to get a wider geographical spread on the court.*

Last week, at his press...

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