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Assisting a New Senator

Leslie Biffle

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.