National Affairs: Not Beer but a Book

Professor Charles E. Merriam, a political scientist who wanted to reform Chicago, ran for mayor in 1911 and lost. Years later, he was strolling with his wife Hilda in her home town, Constableville, N.Y., when they passed an old barn. She remarked casually: "My grandfather used to own a brewery in that building.'' The professor, who had been defeated by politicians weaned on beer, all but shouted: "A brewery! If I'd known that, I could have been mayor of Chicago!" This year the professor's son Robert could likewise have used a brewery. He, too, is a political scientist; he, too, wanted...

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