The Press: Insull Strikes Back

Ever since his Midwestern utilities empire collapsed in scandal in the 1930s, the late Samuel Insull has served a generation of writers as a bogy of financial skulduggery. Samuel Insull Jr., 57, once his father's righthand man and now a Chicago insurance salesman, bore up steadily under the legacy. Last week he rebelled.

Insull complained about a piece by Scripps-Howard's Washington Correspondent Charles Lucey citing "racketeering practices of a kind that sent the Samuel Insulls and Richard Whitneys to jail." He objected to the words of Historian

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in The Crisis of the Older Order: "[Insull] dominated Chicago, bribing the state...

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