Religion: Old Convert

Bob Wagner was getting old. He would be 69 in June, and he often felt unwell. Colleagues in the U.S. Senate had noted that the author of the National Labor Relations Act and many another piece of New Deal social legislation appeared less often in the seat that had been his for nearly 20 years. For New York's senior Senator, Democratic Robert Ferdinand Wagner, the time had come to take a significant religious step.

Last week, seated in a wheel chair in Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was recovering from influenza, bull-necked Bob Wagner was baptized in the faith of Rome...

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