In the Senate
ON July 30, 1946, I happened to be in Boston on business. In one office which I visited I was told that there was a long-distance call for me. It came from friends in Vermont who informed me that President Truman had appointed Senator Austin our Ambassador to the United Nations and he had accepted. The question was, would I run for the vacancy? My reply was that I must first consult with Mrs. Flanders. This was quickly done over the telephone and her consent was wholehearted.
Time was short. My primary petition must be in the hands of the Vermont Secretary of State with five hundred signatures before midnight of the next day. This my friends promised to accomplish, and they made good on the promise. It was also necessary for me to send a formal announcement of my intent to seek the nomination. This too was easily done.
There was some hope that I might be unopposed. This was not to be. Two other candidates also filed; somewhere the two met and came to an agreement, and one withdrew. The candidate remaining was my old friend--and my present friend - Sterry Waterman of St. Johnsbury. The issue between us turned out to be "vigorous youth vs. declining age." The campaign being a gentlemanly one, that issue was never baldly stated. My opponent was a man of great ability and high character.