After the funeral of Senate Minority Leader Kenneth Wherry in Pawnee City, Neb., eleven top Republican Senators drove back to Omaha to discuss Wherry's successor. Ten of the Senators* were quickly in agreement: the new leader should be the eleventh man present—New Hampshire's solid Republican, Styles Bridges.

It took some persuasion to get Bridges to agree to accept the post. The Floor Leader's duties would not permit him to retain all his posts on Senate committees (he is ranking Republican on several, including Appropriations and Armed Services). But the others reminded him that he is the one senior Republican Senator...

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