George Leader, former governor of Pennsylvania, dies at 95

Former Gov. of Pennsylvania, George M. Leader during the Governors' Conference in 1955. He died today at the age of 95. (Photo by John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Former Gov. of Pennsylvania, George M. Leader during the Governors’ Conference in 1955. He died today at the age of 95. (Photo by John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

George M. Leader, who served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 until 1959, died today at his Hershey home. He was 95.

“As a governor and in the years after public service, George Leader defied political labels and conventional thinking in his tireless work for Pennsylvania and its people,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement. “He was among the first of our leaders to warn against budget deficits and he was an early proponent of civil rights and economic development.”

“His life after politics, as an entrepreneur serving the state’s seniors, and as an advocate for continued government reform, and an unsurpassed grasp of politics of the past century, made Governor Leader an essential source of advice and counsel at all levels of the commonwealth,” Corbett added.

All Pennsylvania flags lowered to half-staff after news of Leader’s death spread. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral.

Leader, who was 36 when he was elected as the state’s 36th governor, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.


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