National Affairs: One Was Right

Within 30 minutes after Kentucky's polls had closed. Republican headquarters in Louisville's Henry Clay Hotel was a scene of pageant. Dwight Eisenhower, according to the bellwether returns, had won Kentucky. Republican John Sherman Cooper, who had left his post as U.S.

Ambassador to India at Ike's urging to run for the Senate against Democratic ex-Governor Lawrence Wetherby, was already accepting congratulations. But distinctly apart from the jubilation, hunched worriedly over a news ticker, was a tall man in a charcoal grey suit: Republican Thruston Morton, former assistant secretary of state (in charge of congressional relations), who was running for Kentucky's other Senate...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!