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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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The Storms of ′72

The Storms of ′72

(p.137) Chapter Six The Storms of ′72
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Senator B. Everett Jordan wanted another term. Jordan and his more senior colleague, Sam J. Ervin Jr., had served together for fourteen years, each initially by appointment after the death of an incumbent. Jordan made few waves. He chaired the Senate's committee on Rules and Administration. With midrange ratings from both liberal and conservative Washington-based ideological groups, Jordan was about as close to moderate as anyone in the Senate. In addition, political impresario William McWhorter Cochrane, a shrewd and scrupulous practitioner of politics as the art of the possible, served as Jordan's administrative assistant. Few grasped the ways of Capitol Hill or North Carolina better than Cochrane. Under his direction, Jordan's office excelled in constituent service. Jordan's public persona was bland and colorless, not always a handicap for North Carolinians in Congress.

Keywords:   Senator B. Everett Jordan, Sam J. Ervin, Jr., ideological groups, political impresario, William McWhorter Cochrane

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