COLORADO: Interminable Ben

To newcomers, Benjamin Franklin Stapleton, 73, seems one of the most ineffectual old men in the rambling, shady-city of Denver. He dreads change. He falls asleep at public meetings, mumbles in monosyllables and exudes a little less social warmth than Marley's ghost. He does not smoke or drink and has never been known to swear. Beyond these traits the other fact for newcomers to learn is that Ben Stapleton is Denver's mayor.

He has been mayor since 1923 (except for one term). Under the city's home-rule charter, he has become one of the most powerful municipal dictators in the U.S....

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