Nominated by the President to be U.S. Ambassador to the brand-new Republic of Guinea, John Howard Morrow, 49, has never before held a Government job or set foot upon the continent of Africa. But last week he won unanimous Senate confirmation after speedy hearings before the same Foreign Relations Committee that has lately assumed noncareer diplomats to be unsuitable for their posts until proved otherwise (TIME, June 1).

Handsome, tall (6 ft. 3 in.) John Morrow, a Negro,* proved himself a relaxed, suave diplomat in knowledgeable answers to the committee's polite questions, impressed members with a pin-striped academic pedigree. He...

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