Francis Parnell Murphy, Governor of New Hampshire: Biography of an American

Francis Parnell Murphy, Governor of New Hampshire: Biography of an American

Francis Parnell Murphy, Governor of New Hampshire: Biography of an American

Francis Parnell Murphy, Governor of New Hampshire: Biography of an American

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The nation needs wise men.

The world wants strong men. And humankind everywhere, struggling to live as children of God, cries out for leaders who can understand and help.

When you see a sound-minded, poised person, thinking unselfishly the problems of his fellows, you want to meet him. When you find that this person is also practical, able to fashion real progress out of his dreams, you want to introduce him all around.

Now we have found a man who is a great humanitarian, with a deep social conscience; a man who worked his way up from the bottom; a man who began as a poor, barefoot boy on a rocky farm; a man who started to work in a factory nailing packing cases together; a man who became the foreman because he knew how to get along with his workers and who could show them how to do better work, earn more money for themselves; a man who became a director of the company because his superior knowledge of the plant was needed in the board meetings. A success first as a laborer and then as an industrialist, this man found himself with means enough to devote himself to the service of the public. So the people of his state elected him governor--highest office within their gift.

He balanced the budget. He created employment. He recognized relief needs as permanent and put their costs on a current operating basis. He instituted a survey so as to find out exactly what the people of his state were taking in and . . .

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