Nation: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Named Secretary of Commerce last year at the age of 37, Alexander ("Sandy") Trowbridge surprised many of the business leaders who felt that he lacked the maturity and experience for the job. Despite the creation of the Department of Transportation and the demoralizing prospect that Commerce would be merged with the Labor Department—a Johnson proposal that is now at best dormant—Trowbridge worked a 16-hour day, boosted his department's morale, and performed creditably in one of the Cabinet's least enviable posts.

However, Trowbridge had other problems. Eighteen months ago he suffered a heart attack, and last month he was hospitalized for a...

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