THE SENATE: Mansfield Steps Down

He is easily the Senate's coolest elder statesman. Genial, pipe-smoking Democrat Mike Mansfield, Montana Senator since 1953 and his party's majority leader since 1961, can be sharp-tongued when he needs to be. But in 15 years of Senate floor leadership — the longest tenure of any floor leader in the history of the upper chamber — he is legendary for almost never having lost his temper. Other majority leaders, like Mansfield's predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, bullied, threatened and arm-twist ed recalcitrant colleagues. The Montanan soothed, persuaded with calm reason and took the quiet...

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