Edward H. Winter was born on April 5, 1879 the fifth of German immigrants Anton Frederick Winter and Dora Richterbergs’ eleven children. Winter grew up on his parents’ farm outside Warrenton, Missouri, and would have been a farmer if he had not sustained injuries from a tornado when he was nineteen. Winter attended Central Wesleyan College, and after graduation became the business manager and editor of The Banner, a Warrenton newspaper.
Within a few years, Winter managed to buy out two competing newspapers, and took over Wright City News. After achieving great success in business, Winter said that there were not enough newspapermen in the Missouri General Assembly, and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1922. Despite his brief amount of experience, Winter was elected Speaker of the House after five years. He was then elected Lieutenant Governor in 1928.
While in the state’s capital, Winter purchased and consolidated two newspapers into the Jefferson City Post-Dispatch.← Price, Thomas Lawson Hyde, Laurance M. →