Good looking and tall but slight, with an above average education, Jean is the son of Franco-Canadian immigrants who moved to Auburn, ME in 1867 when his father, Etienne, opened a textile factory. Jean learned early that he found running a business to be unappealing, and instead went to the University Of Maine to study law. After passing the bar in 1904, he returned to Auburn and joined a firm for a few years before moving to 'Expositiontown' to start up his own. He soon felt the urge to serve the community in a different fashion, and became involved in politics in 1912. He served as a municipal judge, on the city council, and in 1920 and 1924 as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He registered for the draft at age 39, but was not called upon. He was elected mayor of 'Expositiontown' in 1922 and is currently campaigning for governor.