Sons of the Wild Jackass

By Ray Tucker; Frederick R. Barkley et al. | Go to book overview
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GERALD PRIENTICE NYE, the "boy statesman from North Dakota," began his political career at the place where most politicians vainly hope that theirs may finally flower. Fate tossed him directly from a country editor's desk to the portals of the United States Senate with all the surprise and suddenness of a Dakota twister.

At nine o'clock one blustery November morning in 1925, this thirty-four-year-old village Greeley sat impatiently shuffling his feet in the old brick capitol at Bismarck, as little expectant of entering the Senate as of taking a trip to Neptune. His public career had consisted of membership on his village school board; his impatience was to get back to his Main Street printing shop before nightfall. Otherwise the Griggs County Sentinel-Courier would not make the mails that week, for Editor Nye was the whole works.

Five minutes later he stood half dazed, his hand holding credentials as successor to North Dakota's first non-partisan Republican Senator, who had died some months before. Within two weeks he was on his way to Washington for the first time in his life.

Then a haughty Republican majority kept the


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