National Affairs: Suicide in the Senate

A fortnight ago Wyoming's Senator Lester C. (for Callaway) Hunt, 61, completed a lengthy hospital checkup, announced that because of ill health (a kidney ailment) he would not run again. One morning last week, Hunt entered the Senate Office Building, his coat partially cloaking a .22-cal. Winchester rifle. In his office, Hunt sat down in the swivel chair behind his desk and fired a shot through his brain. Four hours later, after emergency surgery failed, Lester Hunt was dead.*

Just completing his first Senate term, Hunt seldom stole the limelight, but was respected for his painstaking work on the Armed Services Committee....

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