Nominated by President Truman last week to succeed Howard McGrath as Attorney General of the U.S.: James Patrick McGranery (rhymes with cannery).

Born: July 8, 1895, in Philadelphia, of Irish immigrant parents.

Education: parochial grade and high schools; interrupted his schooling to work as an electrotyper for the Curtis Publishing Co.; served as a World War I observation balloon pilot; after the war returned to school and graduated from Temple University Law School.

Early Career: an insurgent Democrat, he entered South Philadelphia ward politics while still a student, ran the local Al Smith presidential campaign in 1928. As a young lawyer, he represented cops...

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