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George M. Leader

Born: 17-Jan-1918
Birthplace: York County, PA
Died: 9-May-2013
Location of death: Hershey, PA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Pennsylvania, 1955-59

Military service: US Navy (WWII, Ensign, aboard USS Randolph)

Unsuccessful candidate for Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 1952. His 1954 win as governor was an upset -- it was thought to be a safe Republican seat. After his term he was an unsuccessful candidate for US Senate in 1958, losing to Hugh Scott. Retiring from politics, Leader became a mortgage banker and established a number of retirement homes, which continue to be run by his family.

Father: Guy Leader (Pennsylvania State Senator)
Mother: Beulah Boyer
Wife: Mary Jane Strickler (m. 1939, d. 2011, three sons, one daughter)
Son: G. Michael Leader
Son: Frederick Leader (d. 2003)
Son: David Leader
Daughter: Jane Ellen Janeczek

    High School: York High School
    University: Gettysburg College (transferred out in 1939 as a junior)
    University: BA, University of Pennsylvania

    Governor of Pennsylvania (18-Jan-1955 to 20-Jan-1959)
    Friends of Hillary
    Gephardt for President
    Gore 2000
    Hillary Clinton for President
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America

Appears on the cover of:
Time, 15-Nov-1954


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