- John Gilbert Winant
name = John Gilbert Winant
order = 68th & 71st
office = Governor of New Hampshire
term_start = 1925
term_end = 1927
1935 – 1937
Fred H. Brown(1925) Charles W. Tobey(1935)
Huntley N. Spaulding(1927) Styles Bridges(1937)
February 23, 1889
New York City, New York
death_date = death date and age|1947|11|3|1889|2|23
party = Republican
John Gilbert Winant (
February 23, 1889– November 3, 1947) was an American teacher and Republican politician from Concord, New Hampshire. Born in New York City, Winant held positions in New Hampshire, national, and international politics. He was the first man to serve more than a single two-year term as Governor of New Hampshire, winning election three times.
Winant attended St. Paul's School in Concord as well as
Princeton University. He was appointed an instructor in history at St. Paul's in 1913, remaining there until 1917. He was elected to the New Hampshire General Courtin 1916 and enlisted in the American Expeditionary Forcein 1917.
Winant returned to his position at St. Paul's in 1919 after his military service, and was elected to the
New Hampshire Senatein 1920. He lost money in oil stocks in 1929, which he had profited from through the 1920s. After his terms as Governor, President Franklin D. Rooseveltappointed Winant to be the first head of the Social Security Boardin 1935, a position he held until 1937. The next year, he was elected to head the International Labor Officein Geneva, Switzerland, from January 1939. In 1941 Roosevelt appointed him ambassadorto Britain, and remained in that post until he resigned in March 1946.
Harry S. Trumanappointed him U.S. representative to UNESCOin 1946, although he retired to Concord shortly after to write his memoirs.
In 1947, Winant was only the second American citizen, after General
Dwight Eisenhower, to be made an honorary member of the British Order of Merit. He committed suicide later that year and was buried at St. Paul's School.
An album of radio outtakes, "
Dick ClarkPresents Radio's Uncensored Bloopers" ( Atlantic Records80188), features a bizarre news report on Winant's suicide. The announcer quotes Winant's physician as saying Winant "committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a large sixty-cent-size package of Alka-Seltzer." (It is unknown whether the report or the recording of it are genuine, as many blooperrecords contain bits that were re-created after the fact.)
John Gilbert Winant was with Winston Churchill when he learned that Pearl Harbor was attacked
* [http://www.state.nh.us/nhdhr/glikeness/winajohn.html New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources - John G. Winant]
* [http://www.ssa.gov/history/winantpro.html Social Security Pioneers - John Gilbert Winant]
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