(from Find it in Fondren)
Illustration by Scott Allen
William Winter was nine-years-old when he first sat in the governor’s chair. It was 1932. He had accompanied his father, a state senator, to the inauguration of Mississippi Governor Mike Conner, and was visiting Conner’s office.
The chair engulfed him, like the endless fields of his Grenada County youth. It seemed impossible that he could ever fill it. The boy’s legs barely hung over the edge of the seat.
Governor Conner grinned at the boy. “That chair fits him just right,” he told Winter’s father, winking. It was prophetic. William Winter is the first to tell you that his many accomplishments are not his alone. For a man who considered Mississippi part of one extended family, his efforts are inseparable from those of his wife and best friend Elise Winter and the close-knit community of his Fondren home.
“Governor and Mrs. Winter are friends with former presidents and have traveled all over this world, but their favorite place to be is in Fondren,” says Dick Molpus, former Mississippi Secretary of State, fellow Fondrenite, and a dear friend of the Winters. “They’re deeply rooted in this place.”
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