Nation: No Time for Sentiment

The year was 1924, and an upstart Massachusetts Republican named Joseph W. Martin Jr., 39, launched a no-holds-barred campaign to wrest a congressional seat away from a sickly 83-year-old incumbent. "This is not a time for sentiment," snapped young Joe Martin in announcing his candidacy. "The office of Congressman is a position for one in vigorous health if the people are to be adequately served."

Last week Joe Martin, now 81 years old and himself enfeebled after a dis- tinguished, 42-year career on Capitol Hill* that included four years as Speaker of the House of Representatives and 20 years as Republican leader,...

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