When Georgia's Governor Eugene Talmadge ousted his politically hostile State Highway Commission by declaring martial law and setting National Guardsmen with machine guns over highway funds (TIME, July 3, 1933), there were few more interested observers than a young politician named Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johnston across the Savannah River in South Carolina. No sooner had he entered his State's Legislature in 1929 than Representative Johnston began charging the head of South Carolina's State Highway Commission, potent Ben Mack Sawyer, with political skulduggery. Next year he ran for Governor with the slogan "Out...

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