By Noah C. Phipps
My father was a Republican and was interested in politics. He talked about it at the dinner table and listening to him I became interested in politics. My mother was a Quaker and we always had to start our family meal with a prayer. We owned a lemon farm, but it was not profitable and we had to grow our own food and my father worked as a carpenter. We moved to Whittier in 1922 because the lemon farm failed. My father bought a gas station on a nearby highway, seeing that cars were going to become a large part of America's future. Soon business was bustling and he added a grocery store too.
I graduated from Whittier High School in 1930. Harvard and Yale Universities invited me to apply for scholarships. Unfortunately I could not go to my dream Ivy League school because the Great Depression was upon us. My brother, Harold, was dying of Tuberculosis and so I stayed at home and attended Whittier College.
Early Political Life
I was in the House of Representatives when the Cold War started. I thought that lawyer Alger Hiss was a spy for the Soviets. This case was famous and I did not stop pursuing him. Finally a man named Whittaker Chambers came out and said that they were spies. He could prove it too. Some stolen papers hidden in a pumpkin on his farm proved that they were spies.
In 1950 I ran for senator against Helen Douglas. People back then called Communists "pinks". I called Douglas "a pink lady" and played the voters worst fear.
In 1952 I was chosen to be presidential candidate Eisenhower's running mate! I was almost kicked off the ticket though because people gave me a secret fund and we were campaigning against the Truman Administration scandals. So I had to give a speech on television about how much I own and how much I owe. Even though that was a set back for our ticket we won!