THE CABINET: New Attorney General

Added to the President's official family last week was another liberal with a gentleman's background. Francis Biddle of Philadelphia, as long predicted, became Attorney General of the U.S.*

Like his boss Mr. Roosevelt, 55-year-old Mr. Biddle went to Groton, then to Harvard (1909 cum laude), then to Harvard Law (1911 cum laude). Traditionally he might have returned to Philadelphia, crusted city of his fathers, and, considering his high breeding, lived gently on his wealth. But the job he got as secretary to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great dissenter, gave him stouter ideas.

Biddle (known in Washington as "Mushmouth," because of...

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