Over whisky sours in White Sulphur Springs' lavish Greenbrier Hotel, two big men talked earnestly. From a respectful distance, other governors and correspondents watched them. "There may be the Republican presidential ticket in 1952," said a reporter. "They might just toss a coin to see who gets top place." He was talking about California's Governor Earl Warren and Pennsylvania's Governor James Duff.

So was nearly everybody else last week as governors of 43 states and two territories gathered for the 42nd annual Governors' Conference. Tom Dewey, usually the star of the show, was all but ignored now that he had...

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