Ten Years Down on the Farm

Landon had been rusticated. After the events of 1948, he found himself out of power in Kansas and out of grace with the national Republican leadership; and consequently came to do what he wanted to do. He no longer felt he must consider the impact of his positions on his party, or that he must travel about the country as a salesman for Republicanism. He could play a private role as the party's conscience, and enjoy himself.

After 1948 the Kansan turned increasingly to his private concerns. He lived a gracious life in his Georgian house, which now, with shrubbery and trees well grown, was splendidly adapted to its site. He spent more time with his charming wife, and gave increased attention to his two teenage children, Nancy and Jack. He rode his horse for an hour or two a day in good weather, and went duck hunting in season. His correspondence was heavy, but most of it was with veterans of the 1936 campaign and old friends, such as Sterling Morton of the Morton Salt Company, publisher Roy W. Howard, newsman Arthur Krock of the New York Times, politician Fred Seaton (who was to become Secretary of the Interior under Eisenhower), and John L. Lewis. He wrote of his opinions on public affairs to his friends--and lifted sentences and paragraphs from their letters for inclusion in his speeches--but his letters increasingly contained comments that were prefaced by "Back in 1936..."


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