National Affairs: One for the G.O.P.

Named last week to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of West Virginia's Democratic Senator Matthew M. Neely: State Republican Chairman John Dempsey Hoblitzell Jr., 45, who directed the successful 1956 campaign of Republican Governor Cecil Underwood, first Republican governor of the state since 1928. Hoblitzell's appointment scales the Democratic majority in the Senate down from 50-46 to 49-47.

Hoblitzell made a big name for himself in high school as a trackman and golfer. (He still plays in the mid-70s.) After West Virginia University ('34), he turned to the insurance and real-estate business in Parkersburg, his home town, is...

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