Former Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader died on May 9 , 2013 at the age of 95. Leader was 36 years old when he was elected Pennsylvania’s 36th governor, serving from 1955 until 1959.
The York County Democrat led a staff bent on ridding government of patronage jobs and improving social services. His administration overhauled the state's mental health system and made special education a requirement in Pennsylvania schools.
The videos below feature a presentation by the former Governor, which occurred on October 21, 2009 in Hearing Room #1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building (in Harrisburg Capitol Complex). This video has been edited from the original to only include the Governor's presentation, and does not include introductions and commentary by PHMC staff.
This presentation was one in a series of monthly (and sometimes bi-weekly) lunchtime presentations offered by PHMC's Pennsylvania State Bookstore. The series started in January 2008 and continued through July 2010, featuring a variety of presenters who covered many topics pertinent to Pennsylvania history.
Governor Leader's presentation was also part of a sub-series in 2009 which featuring the Commonwealth's past governors. Governor Dick Thornburgh and Governor Mark Schweiker also provided lunchtime presentations. While Governor's Leader's presentation focuses primarily on his books of poems, he uses each instance of poetry to relay his life experiences and societal views, past and present. Towards the end of the presentation, the Governor mentions watching witf when Charlie Rose interviewed Maya Angelou. A period of question and answer follows his presentation.
The first video below is a vintage campaign video that Governor Leader shared with the audience before his presentation, which is featured in the second video below.
Follow our complete coverage of Governor Leader's life and death here.
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