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Assisting a New Senator

Leslie Biffle
Leslie Biffle served as the secretary of the Senate from 1945 to 1947 and again from 1949 to 1953. United States Senate Historical Office

When Missouri's Harry Truman came to the Senate in 1935, he confessed to being "green as grass" and found the Capitol environment overwhelming. Veteran senators offered advice to the newcomer, but some of Truman's best guidance came from Democratic party secretary Leslie Biffle. A master of the Senate's traditions and culture, Biffle often assisted new senators in settling into their new positions.


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