Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: May 9, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Former Gov. George Leader dies at 95



HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader, who rose from his parents’ chicken farm to become governor in 1955, has died. He was 95.
Hoover Funeral Homes and Crematory said Leader died today.
The Democrat led a staff bent on ridding government of patronage jobs and improving social services. His administration overhauled the state’s mental health system and made special education a requirement in Pennsylvania schools.
He was the first governor to appoint a black cabinet officer. Leader worked in later life as a private citizen on prison reform.
Just 37 when he took office in 1955, he is still the second-youngest person to serve as governor. Before that, he was in the state Senate from 1951-1954.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow SRU president gets 3.5% pay raise
arrow Chamber to host career fair Friday
arrow Fed keeps interest rate at record low
arrow Parker man charged in fatal crash
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow City man tossed from SUV in rollover accident
arrow Possible fee hike helps push Cruise-A-Palooza out of city
arrow Teen injured in quad accident in Jefferson Twp.
arrow POLICE REPORTS