Nation: Two High-Tone Contests of Issues and Ideology

How Times Have Changed

He is the quintessential Southern gentleman: scion of a moneyed North Carolina family, graduate of Princeton University ('41) and Harvard Law School ('49), and recipient of a Bronze Star for bravery as a lieutenant aboard a destroyer at Okinawa during World War II. Now 61, Richardson Preyer entered Congress in 1969 and quickly earned a reputation on both sides of the aisle as a soft-spoken legislator of uncompromising integrity, high talent and moderate views. Democratic Congressman Morris Udall of Arizona described him as "one of the most decent and intelligent...

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