Samuel J. Ervin Jr.: 1896-1985

Samuel J. Ervin Jr.: 1896-1985

The Watergate ordeal cast up a score of minor and major villains, from third- rate burglars to reprobate White House movers and shakers. But for every two Watergate wrongdoers, the affair also produced a Watergate hero. No one was more celebrated or more fondly regarded than North Carolina's Sam Ervin, Democratic chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. "We could wind this up pretty soon if everyone would tell what he knows," drawled Ervin, as the hearings got under way twelve years ago, "but if we continue to play hide-and-seek, then it could take a while." It did,...

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