National Affairs: Gentlemen Abroad

As a wartime fleet commander, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance crossed the Pacific, from Midway to Saipan to Okinawa, the hard way. In 1952 he crossed it with ease to become U.S. Ambassador at Manila, but he soon found that his political duties were almost as exacting as running a fleet. After three highly successful years of extending his country's benevolent paternalism to the Philippines, while deftly avoiding any appearance of internal meddling, Ambassador Spruance, 68, was ready to retire. Last week, the White House announced his successor: Michigan's ex-Senator Homer Ferguson.

In 1952 Ferguson was a Taftman at Chicago, but later, as...

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