National Affairs: Exit Texas Tom

Texas first sent Tom Connally to Congress in 1917, and he arrived just in time to cast his first vote for the declaration of war against Germany. He moved up to the Senate in 1929, climbed the seniority ladder, and in nearly nine years as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee labored to translate New and Fair Deal foreign policy into senatorial action.

Texas Tom often talked and acted like a minor statesman, but his instincts on foreign affairs were generally simple, sound and shrewd. In committee hearings, he delighted in pricking such...

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