Bernard Baruch, Park Bench Statesman

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CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

BARUCH will give us all the money we want now, when he knows Franklin is going to be President. He wouldn't give us a nickel before the Chicago convention, when we really needed it."

The speaker was Louis McHenry Howe, gnomelike secretary to, political manager for, and worshiper of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The time was October, 1932, when the Democratic National Committee, though always needing money, was beginning to weigh each financial contribution tendered against the potential obligation it might impose on Rooseveltafter inauguration.

It was not a mere casual statement made in conversation. Again and again during the campaign Louis, brooding over the before-Chicago struggle, would march into the office of anyone he knew liked Baruch and shoot this statement provocatively.

"Well, Baruch doesn't want anything in return for the money he is now offering," Senator Key Pittman said rather sharply to Howe on one of these occasions.

"And he isn't going to get anything," said Louis angrily as he walked away.

Howe and Pittman were not talking the same language. Pittman knew that Baruch had refused the secretaryship of the Treasury under Wilson and that he did not want any office or any special favors for any private interests, so he resented what he thought Louis meant. But Howe didn't mean anything of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Chapter One 1
  • Chapter Two 13
  • Chapter Three 21
  • Chapter Four 28
  • Chapter Five 37
  • Chapter Six 45
  • Chapter Seven 54
  • Chapter Eight 63
  • Chapter Nine 70
  • Chapter Ten 79
  • Chapter Eleven 89
  • Chapter Twelve 98
  • Chapter Thirteen 108
  • Chapter Fourteen 117
  • Chapter Fifteen 126
  • Chapter Sixteen 134
  • Chapter Seventeen 145
  • Chapter Eighteen 158
  • Chapter Nineteen 169
  • Chapter Twenty 181
  • Chapter Twenty-One 195
  • Chapter . . . Twenty-Two 207
  • Chapter Twenty-Three 218
  • Chapter Twenty-Four 228
  • Chapter Twenty-Five 238
  • Chapter Twenty-Six 250
  • Chapter Twenty-Seven 262
  • Chapter Twenty-Eight 272
  • Chapter Twenty-Nine 284
  • Chapter Thirty 297
  • Chapter Thirty-One 303
  • Index 311
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