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Simon Snyder

Born: Nov 5, 1759

Death: Nov 9, 1819

Birthplace: Lancaster

Nationality: United States

Simon Snyder

Date of Birth : Nov 5, 1759
Date of Death : Nov 9, 1819
Birth Place : Lancaster

Simon Snyder was the third Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving three terms from 1808 to 1817. A Jeffersonian Democrat, he served three terms as speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before becoming governor. The politician started his business career as a tanner and owner of a gristmill; his first electoral office was as justice of the peace. He led the state through the War of 1812. Following the conclusion of his third term, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate. He died of typhoid fever in 1819 before he began to serve. He was the first governor elected in Pennsylvania who was of German descent.

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