MG 225 - Fisher, Governor John S. Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of a booklet published by the Kiwanis Club, c.1931, which honors Governor John S. Fisher, known as Fisher, the Builder. It lists the many projects which were accomplished during Governor Fisher's administration such as the state office building extensions, completion of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Bridge, the State Farm Show building, a military post, additions to the Harrisburg State Hospital and mental hospitals across the state, enlargement of prisons, the expansion of schools, and the construction of more than 4,000 miles of highways.


John S. Fisher was born in Indiana County in 1867. He studied at Indiana State Normal School and taught school after graduation. He later studied law under Samuel Cunningham and was admitted to the bar in 1893. He took an early interest in politics and was elected to the state senate in 1900. In 1919 he was named banking commissioner and four years later he was backed by W. L. Mellon and the Grundy machine in a close race for the governorship. He served from 1927 to 1931 and proved an outstanding governor. His administration stressed economy and he left office with a $29 million surplus in the treasury. He died in June, 1940.

Date(s): 1931

Extent: 1 folder, 1 item