National Affairs: Bloom's Shave

When Congress wants to stage a celebration it has an infallible formula: the whole thing is put in the hands of Representative Sol Bloom. Born 67 years ago in Pekin, Ill., of Polish-Jewish descent, reared in San Francisco, Sol had developed into a Manhattan real-estate man and music publisher before Tammany Hall, sensing his peculiar talents, elected him to Congress. For the past 14 years his Neanderthal forehead, nose and chin have distinguished him in Congress. So have his activities.

At one time he crusaded for reformation of the immigration laws to put...

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