By Kenneth C. Wolensky
The lifetime of Pennsylvania Governor George M. chief tells the tale of George Michael chief who, at 36 years previous, was once the second one youngest governor ever elected to the place of work and served from 1955 to 1959. His percentages at being elected have been tenuous at top: Democrats by no means fared good in pursuit of the Governor's place of work within the Keystone country. His election used to be an disappointed. Republican celebration stalwarts have been surprised on the tally in Leader's desire. And, his election ushered in an period while the Commonwealth's citizens shifted its allegiance from majority Republican to majority Democrat, a pattern that keeps within the twenty first century. Leader's management completed landmark laws for monetary improvement, civil rights, schooling for disabled youngsters, psychological healthiness care reform, the surroundings, enlargement of civil provider, professionalization of presidency and in lots of different parts. a few noted chief as a clean switch to politics-as-usual within the kingdom Capitol. His competition observed him as "that obdurate younger governor." chief was once happy with either monikers. George chief dates to an period whilst politics have been particularly diverse. Handshakes secured votes, crusade budgets have been small, sleek mass media used to be in its infancy, own assaults have been few and political patronage was once rampant in any respect degrees of presidency. difficult Complacency stands because the basically oral history-based account of a Pennsylvania governor. Written via a number one Pennsylvania historian whereas the previous governor was once in his ninth decade of lifestyles, right here Governor chief tells his notable tale.
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7. George M. Leader, interview with Kenneth C. Wolensky, February 14, 2009, Hershey, PA. 8. York Gazette and Daily, Endorsement of George M. Leader. October 31, 1954, 8. 9. Ibid. 10. Pennsylvania Manual, 1955–1956, 94. 11. George M. Leader, interview with Kenneth C. Wolensky, February 14, 2009, Hershey, PA. 12. “Leader Seeking Election as State Treasurer: Veteran Campaigner at 34,” York Gazette and Daily, Sept. 6, 1952, 4. 13. “In Dutch Country,” York Gazette and Daily, Oct. 31, 1952, 4. 14. Mary Jane Leader, interview with Kenneth C.
Then we rented a place from my brother, Paul. He had apartments. He had a nice brick house that he changed into two flats. We got the first floor flat. We rented the first floor flat for $16 a month and shared the bathroom with the people on the second floor. It was pretty good. Paul’s house had a recreation room in the basement with a ping-pong table. We used to go there and have tournaments. There would be a lot of shouting, teasing. Those were happy years. KW: Where did you work? GL: I worked for my dad after I came out of Penn.
GL: September 17, 1939. My father gave me $15 for the minister and the music. We were married at church by one of our former pastors. I gave the minister $10 and the organist $5. A $15 wedding! And then he gave us $50 to go on our honeymoon. We went to New York City for six days on $50. Today you can’t get a cab or lunch for $50 in New York! We went to the New York’s World Fair in 1939. I think it actually began in ’38 but they repeated it for a second year. On our honeymoon we stayed in a tourist home.
The Life of Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader: Challenging Complacency by Kenneth C. Wolensky