New York: Kennedy's Successor

Charles Ellsworth Goodell has always been a comer—and often a pusher. A Phi Beta Kappa at Williams College ('48), a Yale law grad and a onetime semipro baseball star, he became a trial lawyer back home in Jamestown, N.Y., and was voted to Congress as a Republican Representative in a 1959 special election.

Determined to "shake the foundations a little bit," he mounted a drive to revitalize the stodgy G.O.P. leadership. He helped toss out Charles Hoeven as chairman of the House Republican caucus in 1963 and joined the move to upset Charles Halleck as minority leader in 1965. Both...