ABSTRACT

Edwin and Grace sat glued to their radio for almost five hours on the night of June 27, 1940. The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia was about to enter its sixth round of balloting. With his support eroding, New York attorney Thomas Dewey, who had won a national reputation for “racket-busting,” withdrew from the race, leaving Senator Robert Taft of Ohio and dark horse industrialist Wendell Willkie, a recent convert to the Republican standard, to fight it out for the party’s presidential nomination.