Arthur H. James, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1939-1943.
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Oil on canvas of Arthur H. James, Governor of Pennsylvania, head and shoulders.

Credit: Courtesy of Capitol Preservation Committee, and John Rudy Photography,

An ardent foe of the New Deal, Arthur James promised during his successful gubernatorial campaign in 1938 to "bring business back to Pennsylvania." James did his best to dismantle the "Little New Deal" legislation passed during his predecessor's administration, but spent much of his governorship working with business leaders to mobilize the state's resources and then supervising the state war effort during World War II.

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