National Affairs: Family Planning

Though Jack Kennedy was far away in Florida, the Kennedy political power swept over Massachusetts last week. From outgoing Governor Foster Furcolo came the curt announcement that "in the interest of promoting party unity" Kennedy's Senate seat would go for two years to Gloucester Businessman (wooden boxes) Benjamin A. Smith II. Two days later Kennedy sent his own final resignation from the Senate to Vice President Nixon, the Senate's presiding officer.

The Smith appointment was a real shocker for Massachusetts Democratic regulars. Affable Ben Smith, 44, was not a real member of party inner...

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