Paul McNutt was an American politician who served as High Commissioner to the Philippines
and ambassador to the Philippines.
President Roosevelt made McNutt High Commissioner to the Philippines in 1937 (a post
that McNutt thought would help him in a presidential bid in 1940 and which Roosevelt,
contemplating a fourth term for himself, thought it would effectively sideline McNutt).
With the Philippines largely self-governing, the post of high commissioner was mostly
ceremonial. McNutt left the Philippines in 1939. After Japan's surrender in 1945,
President Truman sent McNutt back to the Philippines for a second tour as high commissioner.
Following Philippine independence on 4 July 1946 McNutt served as America's first
ambassador to the islands, a post he left in 1947.
19 July 1891
to 24 March 1955
First Anniversary of Independence
#512 to 514 4 Jul 1947
Depicts Roxas taking his oath of office before Chief Justice Moran and Ambassador