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Aug 8, 2015 12:14 PM

Statue, plaza planned for former Gov. John Gilbert Winant

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Fundraising has started for a statue and plaza to memorialize John Gilbert Winant, a former governor of New Hampshire, an ambassador to England during World War II and the first head of the Social Security Administration.

The bronze statue of Winant invites passers-by to sit on a park bench and spend some time with him. It will be in front of the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

Before he served as governor in the 1920s and 1930s, Winant was elected to both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

He was a decorated pilot in World War I and led the International Labor Organization in the years leading up to World War II.

A sign at the plaza is scheduled to be unveiled Friday. More information about the effort can be found here.


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