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Thoughout much of his life in politics Pinchots name had been occasionally thrown around as a possible Presidential candidate It never happened He was eventually elected to public office as Governor of Pennsylvania in 1922 largely through the support of rural counties and the new womens vote During his 1923-1927 administration his major goals were the regulation of electric power companies and the enforcement of Prohibition In a crusade for clean politics he reorganized state government did away with many longstanding political practices eliminated the states 30000000 deficit settled the anthracite coal strike of 1923 and was known for his accessibility to the public Because Pennsylvania governors were then prohibited from successive terms Pinchot ran again for the Senate and lost But in 1931 he began his second term as Pennsylvanias governor during the depression years He advocated Federal economic relief for states and donated a quarter of his own gross salary for one year He successfully pressed for large reductions in utility rates and built twenty thousand miles of paved rural roads to get the farmer out of the mud When Pinchot left office in 1935 he was seventy years old He made a third run for the Senate and later again for the governorship Both campaigns stalled in the primaries During his last decade he fought the transfer of the Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of the Interior an agency he insisted was still corrupt He assisted his wife in her political career and a third unsuccessful bid for a Congressional seat During World War II he developed for the Navy a special fishing kit to help sailors adrift in lifeboats survive The military commended him for saving countless lives Shortly before his death he completed a ten-year effort to write an autobiographical account of
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