Interview: biography of Governor George Aiken

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(Neal Charnoff) While many Vermonters are focused on Governor Howard Dean’s presidential aspirations, it’s worth noting that another Vermonter in the post-Coolidge era was mentioned for the presidency in the 1930’s. George Aiken was one of only four Republican governors elected in 1936. He attracted national attention as a Progressive Republican who criticized the federal New Deal. For a time, his name was often mentioned as a potential presidential contender.

Steve Terry of Middlebury is a former aide to Governor Aiken, and with co-author Bill Porter of Calais, is currently writing a book on his life. He joins us by phone. Steve Terry, welcome to Morning Edition.

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