National Affairs: The Logical Man

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That table-thumping, hell-raising, commonsensical Republican, Charles Gates Dawes, could have had just about any job in Washington when Warren G. Harding was elected President in 1920. But Dawes, a banker by training and a rebel by instinct, wanted a job that didn't exist. "As much as I would like to see your Administration a success," he told Harding, "nothing could tempt me into public life now, except possibly Director of the Budget, if that office is created—and that

I would take only for a year for the purpose of putting it in running...

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