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Politics were involved in Harry Hopkins's selection of George W. Coan Jr. as a compromise candidate for North Carolina Works Progress Administration chief. The Roosevelt administration owed favors to North Carolina's senators, Robert L. Doughton and Josiah Bailey. Doughton and Bailey favored conservative candidates and opposed certain liberal political rivals, but Coan Jr. was eventually agreed upon by all parties.