Republicans: Newest & Youngest

When the U.S. Senate convenes next month, its newest member will also be its youngest. Named last week to replace veteran Republican Styles Bridges, who died three weeks ago: New Hampshire's Attorney General Maurice J. Murphy Jr., 34.

Son of a Dover, N.H., Democratic mayor, Murphy switched his own political affiliation, became a Republican in 1953. Three years ago, he helped in Republican Wesley Powell's successful campaign for Governor; his reward was an appointment as Powell's executive assistant. A shy, soft-spoken man who blushes easily, Roman Catholic Murphy was named deputy attorney general last January, became attorney general only last month,...

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