National Affairs: Decline & Fall

It seemed to many Congressmen at the end of the 1958 session that the man most likely to succeed Texas' 77-year-old Sam Rayburn as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was Arkansas' courtly, bass-voiced Wilbur Daigh Mills. With his combination of brains, earnestness and Southern charm. Mills was liked and respected on both sides of the aisle. Two years ago, at 48, he became the youngest chairman in the history of Congress' most important committee, tax-writing Ways & Means, and he showed promise of being a great one. He already knew more...

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