The man to whom President Kennedy paid tribute in Seattle last week is one of the U.S. Senate's most informal and durable personalities. In his moments of reflection, Washington Democrat Warren ("Maggie") Magnuson says of his own success: "I've been in 23 elections, big and small, and I've always had the votes. I go to the people and I listen to what they've got to say, and then I tell them what I've got to say."

After eight years in the House of Representatives and 17 in the Senate, Warren Magnuson has not changed much. "He is," says a friend, "the ever-loving,...

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