THE VICE PRESIDENCY: That's the American People

The bride was composed, the groom was nervous and muffed his lines. In St. John's Methodist Church in St. Louis before a gathering in which newsmen outnumbered relatives two to one, Vice President Alben Barkley married Mrs. Carleton S. Hadley. She is 38; he will be 72 this week.

In spite of the standard fumbles at the altar, the U.S.'s beamish Vice President (the first to be married while in office) was as bubbling as ever. As the triumphant wedding music boomed out, hordes of twittering women converged on the entrance and television crews flicked on their lights. "I hate to...

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