Nation: Death of a Senator

Bob Kerr was born in an Oklahoma log cabin; he became the wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate. He could have bought Brooks Brothers out of the change in his pants pocket; but his baggy blue suits looked as if they had been ordered from a Montgomery Ward catalogue. He was a deeply Christian man who gave at least 30% of his vast wealth to the Baptist church; yet he felt no compunction whatever about using his Senate position to fight for tax laws that would enhance his own riches. He could be gentle; once, when a longtime Negro houseman was...

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