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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1951

Stevenson Nomination Ends Convention)

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CONVENTION HALL, Chicago-(R)--Here are some of the big
moments of the Democratic National Convention just ended:
Convention convened July 21, with leaderless delegates uncertain
where to turn for a nominee. Word quickly got around that the band-
wagon of Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson was rolling -despite his "I don't want
it" pleas.
ANTI-ADMINISTRATION delegates 'from Texas and Mississippi
were seated in gesture of amity to restive South. Northerners ram-
rodded through a "loyalty oath," requiring delegates to do what they
could to get convention's nominees on ticket back home.
Virginia, Louisiana and South Carolina refused to sign on
dotted line. The Convention, with Stevenson men calling the turns,
let them stay and vote, after verbal assurances that the nominees
will be on state ballots.
Vice President Barkley, 74, quit presidential race in anger, after
union leaders said he was too old. Invited to speak at convention, he
got big ovation.
Convention adopted "peace and prosperity platform." Civil rights
plank was worded so as to win general assent of Northerners without
sparking a Dixie revolt.
STEVENSON SEEMED to pick up strength. President Truman
came out for him publicly at last moment. On first two ballots the
bandwagon seemed to stall. Sen. Estes Kefauver led.
During a recess, Stevenson backers got to work. Before the third
ballot started Averell Harriman, 100 per cent "fair dealer," bowed out.
Stevenson went over the top, with Kefauver, Sen. Richard Russell of
Georgia calling on party to close, ranks behind him.
-Truman, after lambasting the Republicans, presented Stevenson
to convention as a man sure to win. Stevenson asked party legions
to campaign to prepare America for leadership of a "world in fer-
Convention, at Stevenson's nod, put up Sen. John J. Sparkman of
Alabama for Vice President on a North-South ticket.
Now the biggest task awaits the weary delegates-the campaign
fight itself. They start with a larger block of voters than the GOP
has, but they will have to battle a formidable candidate, General
Eisenhower, in order to capture the necessary independent vote needed
to assure a sixth straight Democratic victory.

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DELEGATES BADGE-President Truman smiles for cameramen after pinning an official delegate
badge on the coat of Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential nominee, as the two met out-
side the convention hall in Chicago's International Amphitheatre. Both then ceremoniously marched
into the hall to address the delegates in the early hours of the morning.


HAPPY FAMILY-Smiling Democratic party leaders gather together just off the rostrum at the Dem-
ocratic convention early yesterday after Adlai Stevenson accepted the party's presidential nomina-
tion. Left to right are Frank McKinney, Democratic national committee chairman, and his wife;
President Truman and Mrs. Truman; Adlai Stevenson; Mrs. Alben Barkley, wife of the vice presi-
dent; John Fell Stevenson, the nominee's son and Vice-President Barkley.

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Satisfy State
CHICAGO - (A) - Michigan
Demodrats were about 75 per cent
satisfied as they shuffled away
yesterday from the party's na-
tional convention.
- And they had a feeling around
their arches for their Republican
opponents who went through
much the same kind of a rat race
two weeks ago.
DELEGATION leaders conced-
ed It was difficult, in the madness
of the convention atmosphere, to
tell what reaction their people had
to their actions.
But the concensus of the group
seemed to run like this:
Gov. Adla Stevenson of Illi-
nois, their Presidential nomi-
nee, is satisfactory-and more
to the Michigan delegates,
whether they originally backed
him or not.
They do not believe Sen. John
J. Sparkman of Alabama "adds
anything to the ticket in Michi-
gan"-whatever it does nationally,
although they regard his as a
They would have preferred Sen.
Estes Kefauver for the second
spot on the ticket because of his
strong voter appeal in Michigan,
contrasted with the fact they must
sell a deep South senator- to their
Negro legions in Detroit.
THEY FEEL hopeful that the
prominence of Gov. G. Mennen
Williams and Sen. Blair Moody
in the convention civil rights fight
will offset Sparkman and bolster
the damage done to the Demo-
cratic cause in Michigan by Negro
leaders' suspicion that the party
was going to desert President Tru-
man's strong civil rights stand.
They feel Williams and Moody
contributed to maneuvers which
kept the vice-presidential nom-
ination from Sen. Russell of
Georgia, which they said would
have been almost fatal to their
election prospects in Noember.
They feel Michfgan showed it
was willing to fights whether ad-
roitly or not, for effective civil
rights action.
They feel Moody bolstered his
election chances for the fall by
marking himself as an all-out
scrapper for civil rights principles.
have hurt himself in the Senate,
if he is returned there, and that
Southern senators who control
much of the committee power will
cut his throat if given a chance.
They assume Williams and
Moody were with Stevenson from
the start.
They feel Williams managed a
delegation of many factions to
their utmost benefit, although they

ROLL CALL HUDDLE--Three young party leaders at the Democratic convention get into a huddle
for a whispered conference just off the platform during the third roll call for the presidential nomina-
tion Friday night. Left to right are Gov. G. Mennen Williams, Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota,
and Sen. Blair Moody.

CHEERING DELEGATES-President Truman attempts to quiet
the cheering delegates at the convention early yesterday morning
so that Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the man they picked for the nomi-
nation can make his acceptance address.

STRATEGY HUDDLE - Former Senator .Scott Lucas (left) of
Illinois, staunch Stevenson backer, confers on the Democratic
contention floor before the start of Friday's session with Sen.
Ed Johnson of Colorado, Russell campaign manager for some
undisclosed convention maneuver.

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