THE CONGRESS: Sinesco Discens

The year: 1867, in the dark aftermath of the Civil War. In that year New York's ruthless Roscoe Conkling and Ohio's tough, slovenly Ben Wade ruled the U.S. Senate, waving the vengeful flag of Reconstruction. In that year, too, in Providence, R.I., was born Theodore Francis Green, a kind and gentle person who—a full 70 years later—entered the Senate. Last week, closing out his fourth term, "Teddy" Green announced that he would not stand for re-election in 1960. At 92, he was already the oldest man ever to serve in Congress.

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