III. Springfield: Big Shoes-Middle-sized Man

Robichaux, Gerard A.
August 1953
New Republic;8/31/53, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p11
The article discusses the political updates from U.S., as of August 31, 1953. It is no secret that among the Republicans vying for the gubernatorial nomination in a wide-open primary, Adlai Stevenson, Governor of Illinois, considered 38-year-old politician William Grant Stratton the most unsuitable of the lot. But Stratton went on to win the primary easily and then was elected Governor through a combination of factors, the Eisenhower landslide; a little-known and late-starting Democratic opponent, who substituted for Stevenson, and his own capacity to shake every hand, within reach in Illinois. Stratton's entire approach to politics is perhaps best illustrated by his attitude toward the handshake.


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