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George Michael Leader

  • Birth 17 Jan 1918 York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 9 May 2013 Hershey, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Jacobus, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 110258063

Pennsylvania Governor. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 36th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 until 1959. One of seven off-springs, his father was proprietor of a successful poultry business and served as a state senator. George aspired to become a teacher and studied at Gettysburg College prior to transferring to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1939. When his father became ill, George helped run the family business and following the Unites States' entry into World War II, he enlisted with the Navy. He served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific and upon his return home, with the aid of the G.I. Bill, he was able to receive finances to purchase a small poultry farm in his native York, Pennsylvania. He developed an interest in the political arena, initially in York as he went onto become county chairman. When his father chose not to run for re-election, he succeeded him as state senator. He was elected governor in a landslide for which was surprisingly so for a Democratic with the popular of the Republican Party at a high. His accomplishment earned him the cover of Time Magazine. During his tenure, Leader fought passionately to implement and improve programs for the handicapped and mentally-challenged. Additionally, he worked toward reducing the unemployment rate and was a proponent of environmental causes. After leaving office, he founded along with his wife Leader Healthcare Organization for which was designed to provide quality care for nursing homes and rehabilitation center.

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  • Added: 9 May 2013
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Michael Leader (17 Jan 1918–9 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110258063, citing Salem Union Cemetery, Jacobus, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .