Joseph P. Kennedy III

Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due

Publicly, John Gilbert Winant was a three-term New Hampshire governor, the first leader of the Social Security Administration and U.S. ambassador to Britain during World War II. Privately, he battled depression and massive debt. He shot himself just as his memoirs were about to be published in 1947.

Winant, who died at age 58, faded into obscurity until recent years, when a group formed in New Hampshire to raise money for a statue. Its members and other community leaders believe the stigma around Winant's suicide kept him out of New Hampshire schoolchildren's lessons and books.

They hope the statue will encourage more discussion about his commitment to labor and social...