National Affairs: Leaving Tower

For nine years, the man to see at the White House on problems involving Negro, Jewish and other minority groups has been a roly-poly bachelor named David K. Niles. A Russian tailor's son who learned politics in the political cauldrons of Massachusetts, Niles entered the White House under Harry Hopkins' banner, soon got to be one of President Roosevelt's six assistants with "a passion for anonymity." When Harry Truman moved in in 1945, shrewd Dave Niles stayed on, before long was the only New Deal relic left in the President's "little cabinet."

Niles's job was to push minority causes before the President,...

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