It’s time we elect a poet as governor of Connecticut. We’ve had a seemingly endless series of professional politicians, lawyers, and businesspeople on the ballot. Let’s vote for change. Although I’m as fatigued as anyone by the long presidential campaign, it’s not too early to look ahead and see who will lead our state in two years. Candidates are already throwing their hats in the ring.
A poet occupying the second floor corner office under the capitol’s gold dome? Sounds crazy, no? But Wilbert Snow was a nationally acclaimed poet and the author of five volumes of verse when he became governor. A resident of Middletown and professor at Wesleyan, Snow was lieutenant governor under Governor Raymond E. Baldwin. He was defeated as the Democratic nominee for the top post on Election Day 1946, but became governor on December 27 when Baldwin resigned to take a vacant U.S. Senate seat. His term lasted only thirteen days before the man who defeated him at the polls in November assumed the state’s highest office, not enough time for poetry to triumph.