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John Gilbert Winant

In office
1925 – 1927
1931 – 1935
Preceded by Fred H. Brown (1925)
Charles W. Tobey (1931)
Succeeded by Huntley N. Spaulding (1927)
Styles Bridges (1935)

Born February 23, 1889
New York City, New York
Died November 3, 1947 (aged 58)
Political party Republican

John Gilbert Winant (February 23, 1889–November 3, 1947) was an American teacher and Republican politician from Concord, New Hampshire.[1] 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.


Background and early life

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, and elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1916. In 1917 he joined the United States Army Air Service, trained as a pilot, and commanded the 8th Aero Squadron (Observation) in France, with the rank of captain.

Public offices

Winant returned to his position at St. Paul's in 1919 after his military service, and was elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 1920. He lost money in oil stocks in 1929, which he had profited from through the 1920s.


Governor of New Hampshire

He twice served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1925 to 1927 and later from 1931 to 1935.

Other offices

Subsequently President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Winant to be the first head of the Social Security Board in 1935, a position he held until 1937. The next year, he was elected to head the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 1939.

US Ambassador to Great Britain

In 1941 Roosevelt appointed him ambassador to Britain, and remained in that post until he resigned in March 1946.

President Harry S. Truman appointed him U.S. representative to UNESCO in 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 Order of Merit.


He committed suicide later in 1947 on the day his book Letter from Grosvenor Square was published,[2] and was buried at St. Paul's School.

An album of radio outtakes, Dick Clark Presents Radio's Uncensored Bloopers (Atlantic Records 80188), 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 blooper records contain bits that were re-created after the fact.)

John Gilbert Winant was with Winston Churchill when he learned that Pearl Harbor was attacked

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred H. Brown
Governor of New Hampshire
1925 – 1927
Succeeded by
Huntley N. Spaulding
Preceded by
Charles W. Tobey
Governor of New Hampshire
1931 – 1935
Succeeded by
Styles Bridges
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Clarence A. Dykstra
President of the National Municipal League
1940 – 1946
Succeeded by
Charles Edison
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Kennedy
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
1941 – 1946
Succeeded by
Averell Harriman


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