George Earle III, who was Governor of Pennsylvania from 1935-39, has gotten his due in the form of a historical marker at the border of Radnor and Newtown Square, writes Linda Stein for the Main Line Times.
The marker was unveiled in front of family members and friends. It was prompted by Earle’s namesake, George Earle V, who hopes it will spark renewed interest in the amazing life of his grandfather.
Gov. Earle was a friend and supporter of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He created the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and around 200,000 new jobs to build the first superhighway in the country.
Earle III was raised on Broadacres, a 1,000-acre estate spanning Radnor and Newtown Square. He served in both World Wars and was appointed ambassador to Austria and Bulgaria by Roosevelt.
During WWII, Earle III was commissioned as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and sent to Turkey. There, he befriended the German generals who wanted to overthrow Hitler. However, when he asked Roosevelt to support the coup, the president declined.
Earle III died in 1974 at the age of 84.
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