Public Men in and out of Office

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JOHN G. WINANT "Interpreter of American Life"

BY MONTELL OGDON


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LET US WORK TOGETHER AS FRIENDS, it, GOVERNOR WINANT said to the legislature of New Hampshire in his first inaugural address on January 8, 1925, "co-operating one with another for the common good of all and so keep faith with those who with high hope elected us to office." This theory, embodying the idea that public officials derive their authority from the people, leads to the conclusion that persons in local, state, national, or international positions of public trust have a basis for finding a common purpose in their policies if they are sincerely anxious to serve the public interest. Perhaps no man's career in public life in America today throws more light on the possibilities of progress on this basis, in local, national, and international affairs, than does the career of Ambassador Winant.

John G. Winant was born in New York City on February 23, 1889, graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, 1808, and was a member of the class of 1913 at Princeton. After teaching history for two years at St. Paul's School he began his political career with election to the 1917 session of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, receiving the support of both organized labor and business in his campaign. As soon as he had completed his first session in the legislature in the spring of 1917, he went to Paris, France, where he enlisted in the A.E.F. as a private. He flew with the First Aero Squadron, became commander of the Eighth Ob-

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