National Affairs: Bowron Bows Out

After a record 15 years as mayor of Los Angeles, long-winded, doggedly industrious Fletcher Bowron, who presided in the last decade over one of the most astounding episodes of municipal expansion in U.S. history, was finally beaten for office. His successor: Oregon-born G.O.P. Congressman Norris Poulson, a bespectacled, 57-year-old accountant who got into California politics as a state legislator in 1938, and served four terms in Congress before running for mayor. Against Poulson, an honest but undistinguished politico, Bowron was deprived of a campaign weapon which had served him well in the past: predicting direly that sin and corruption would reign...

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