The Press: Remember Lord Acton

Among Washington's younger political columnists, few might have been expected to cheer more loudly for the Kennedy Administration than balding William V. Shannon, 33, pundit-in-residence for the liberal New York Post.

Massachusetts-born, Bill Shannon graduated from Clark University in 1947, wrote a political history of the Irish in Massachusetts while studying for a master's degree in history at Harvard under Arthur Schlesinger Jr.. who called him "the most brilliant student I ever had." Then he sailed a few miles down the Charles River to M.I.T. to help edit the letters of Theodore Roosevelt under Historian Elting E. Morison, won his reporter's...

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