National Affairs: STATE'S NO. 2 MAN Chester Bowles

Named last week to be Under Secretary of State: Chester Bliss Bowles, 59.

ON THE floor of the Senate, one day in 1951, members broke into a bitter partisan wrangle over the confirmation of Chester Bowles as Ambassador to India. At one point, Ohio's prestigious Republican Robert Taft rose to speak. "He is not a diplomatic man!" said he. "I have had a great deal of experience with him." Bob Taft's succinct characterization of Chester Bowles gets general approval despite the fact that over a period of 20 years, Bowles has plowed through...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!