Nation: MISSISSIPPI'S BARNETT: Now He's a Hero

TO the drab little schoolhouse in Standing Pine, Miss., one day long ago, came a glamorous guest. In fact, he was merely the county school superintendent. But to a ten-year-old farm boy at the school he seemed a grand personage, and the talk he delivered to the pupils seemed a splendid display of eloquence. The boy, Ross Robert Barnett by name, decided that what he wanted to be in life was a "public official." Today, at 64, he is Governor of Mississippi.

Democrat Barnett is fond of pointing to his childhood poverty. "We were poor, poor," he says. "I wasn't raised in...

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