George Howard Earle, III (1890 - 1974)

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Birthplace: Devon, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
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About George Howard Earle, III

George Howard Earle III (December 5, 1890 – December 30, 1974) was an American politician. He was a member of the prominent Earle family. Earle served as the U.S. Minister to Austria from 1933 to 1934, and as the 30th Governor of Pennsylvania from January 15, 1935 to January 17, 1939.


In 1943, when Earle was a United States Navy Lieutenant Commander and the President's special emissary to the Balkans, he

...presented a plan to President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) that Earle believed might end the war in Europe early. The German ambassador and the head of the German secret service secretly proposed to Earle that German troops could surround Hitler’s headquarters and turn Hitler over to the Allies as a war criminal. German troops then would be repositioned to defend against the Russian military. The plot was never approved.

In 1944, FDR assigned Earle to compile information on the Katyń massacre, the massacre of the Polish intelligentsia by the Soviet government. Earle did so, using contacts in Bulgaria and Romania, and concluded that the Soviet Union was guilty.

After consulting with Elmer Davis, the director of the Office of War Information, Roosevelt rejected Earle's conclusion, saying that he was convinced of the responsibility of Nazi Germany, and ordered Earle's report suppressed. When Earle formally requested permission to publish his findings, the President gave him a written order to desist. Earle was reassigned and spent the rest of World War II in American Samoa.

After the war,

...Earle became the first governor of a US state to be divorced. In 1945, he remarried to Jacqueline Sacre of Belgium with whom he had a daughter and a son. That same year, he was appointed assistant governor of Samoa. After his term in that office he returned to private business.

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George Earle, III, Governor's Timeline

December 5, 1890
Devon, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
January 20, 1916
Age 25
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
November 14, 1916
Age 25
Haverford, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States
November 17, 1918
Age 27
Haverford, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States
December 30, 1974
Age 84
Bryn Mawr, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States