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Manuscript Group 342
GEORGE HOWARD EARLE PAPERS
1932-39, 1949, 1966 & undated.
23 cubic feet


George H. Earle III served as Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania from 1935-1939. Born in Devon, Chester County, Pennsylvania on December 5, 1890, Earle attended Harvard University and served as a private in the Second Pennsylvania Infantry under General John J. Pershing during the Mexican Border Campaign in 1916. Earle enlisted in the United States Navy during World War I and after the war distinguished himself in a number of businesses in Philadelphia, including the Flamingo Sugar Mills (which he founded) and the Pennsylvania Sugar Company. During the 1930s he entered politics, supporting Franklin Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election. His support won him appointment as United States Minister Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Austria in 1932, which post he resigned to run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1934. During his term as governor, Earle obtained passage of the Equal Rights Act in 1935, prohibiting racial discrimination in hotels, restaurants, and places of amusement. After an unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate in 1938, he served as United States Minister to Bulgaria in 1940, Assistant Naval Attache to Turkey, and Assistant Governor of Samoa from 1940 to 1945. He returned to private life in 1945 and died on December 3, 1974.



OFFICIAL PAPERS
PERSONAL FILE
MRS. GEORGE H. EARLE PAPERS



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