POLITICAL NOTES: Down from the Penthouse

In a penthouse political conference in Kansas City's Muehlebach Hotel last December, Harry Truman decided, and shortly proclaimed for all to hear, that Emery Allison would make a wonderful U.S. Senator for the state of Missouri.

The common reaction among many Missouri Democrats was to ask: Who is Emery Allison? He turned out to be an Ozark country lawyer, a Baptist, Mason and Legionnaire, and the plodding, cigar-smoking, 56-year-old president pro tem of the Missouri state senate. He was also the great & good friend of Jim Pendergast, who, like his father before...

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