National Affairs: Handicaps Overcome

After a record twelve years as Governor—six two-year terms— Michigan's green-bow-tied G. Mennen ("Soapy") Williams had enough, and felt that voters might feel the same way. Last week Michigan's voters, in primary elections, chose a Republican and Democratic' candidate for Soapy's well-warmed chair.

Democrats nominated a protégé of Soapy's who was not the betting favorite. Lieutenant Governor John Burley Swainson, a boyish-looking 35, lost both legs below the knees on an Army night patrol in France during World War II when a land mine blew up under him. The victory of another legless...

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