In the midst of the steel crisis, Harry Truman took time out to fill two big jobs in his official family. He nominated rich, handsome W. Stuart Symington to be Assistant Secretary of War for Air and rich, ambitious Edwin W. Pauley to be Under Secretary of the Navy.

Industrialist. "Stu" Symington, 44, was the socialite president of St. Louis' Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co. who, as a prominent Missourian, knew Truman. So he became Surplus Property Administrator. His hands tied by red tape and a bad law, he kicked and fumed about his...

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