Tom Dewey's Choice

Late one afternoon last week Republican bigwigs began arriving on the veranda of the Governor's antiquated Albany mansion to discuss an important question with Tom Dewey: Who should be the Republican nominee for the Senate seat of famed New Dealer Robert Wagner? But Tom Dewey had an answer ready. By the Governor's usual bedtime the conferences were over and the opposition candidates resigned to the inevitable. Next day, before lunch, the Governor's candidate was nominated.

The man the Governor chose was Thomas Jerome Curran, a quiet, earnest, spectacled 45-year-old attorney, with the political...

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