National Affairs: Will Hurley Hurl His Hat?

In its brief history Oklahoma has given the U. S. a smattering of notables. One of them is onetime Secretary of War (under Hoover) Patrick Jay Hurley, who got his start as a mule boy in a coal mine. When Pat Hurley took office in 1929, no finer figure of a man had ever graced a Cabinet meeting. Six feet tall, erect as a wooden Indian, blue-eyed, black-mustached, Secretary Hurley was a sight for sore eyes. From far-off Oklahoma they watched him with love. "Due to Pat," wrote Oklahoma's late Will Rogers, "we're liable to wake up some day with Presidential...

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