A transplanted Yankee from Waterville, Me., Edward John Gurney was mayor of Winter Park, Fla., when he was elected to Congress in 1962. Six years later he became the first Republican Senator from Florida since Reconstruction. As the staunchest supporter of President Nixon throughout last summer's hearings of the Senate Watergate Committee, of which he was a member, the telegenic Senator earned national attention and conservative acclaim. Last week Gurney, 60, garnered a less lustrous distinction: he was the first U.S. Senator in 50 years to be indicted while in office...

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