THE ADMINISTRATION: Conversion & Resignation

"Thrift is [once again] more than a word," the Taft-owned Cincinnati Times-Star cried happily in mid-1955 when John Baker Hollister, 64, onetime law partner of the late Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, was named to coordinate U.S. foreign aid. As a Congressman from 1931 to 1936, Republican Hollister had fought the New Deal, voted against Cordell Hull's Reciprocal Trade Act. He was a longstanding disciple of ex-President Herbert Hoover, and it was Hoover who urged him on the Eisenhower Administration as the successor to free-swinging Harold Stassen as director of the International Cooperation Administration. Such were the misgivings...