NEW JERSEY: Joker's Heritage

On or about May 1, Harold Giles Hoffman, 58, banker, former governor and one of the most popular men in New Jersey, sent his eldest daughter a sealed envelope marked: "To be opened only in the event of my death. To be read, considered and destroyed." Last week Hoffman's scandalous secret became known. "It is a sad heritage I leave," he had written.

The Funeral. Hoffman was a wisecracking, openhanded, glad-handing politician who became governor at 39 (in 1935). He lost the next two times he tried (1940 and 1946), and clung to...

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