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Why You Should Know About New Hampshire Governor John Winant

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He was governor of New Hampshire, the first head of the Social Security Administration, and U.S. ambassador to Great Britain during World War II. Yet John Gilbert Winant remains little known among Americans. We unearth the history of this unsung Granite Stater and hear about an effort to memorialize his contributions.


  • Lynne Olson Historian and Author of Citizens of London, which details Winant’s pivotal role as U.S. Ambassador to Britain during World War II.
  • Stuart Wallace – Director of the Division of Historical Resources and professor of history at  New Hampshire Technical Institute


  • Van McLeod – Commissioner for New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources and part of an effort to create a memorial honoring Governor Winant, to be built by the State Library.
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