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Manuscript Group 159
64 cu. ft.

John S. Fisher (b. 1867, d. 1940) was born in South Mahoning Township, Indiana County, where he was a prominent lawyer and for many years a leading figure in Republican Party politics. He was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the Indiana-Jefferson district twice, in 1900 and 1904. During his second term in 1907, Fisher was named chairman of the Capitol Investigation Commission, which exposed frauds in connection with the furnishing of the state capitol building. He served as the Commonwealth's commissioner of banking from 1919-1922, Pennsylvania's governor, 1927-1931, and was one of the chief organizers of the “good roads movement” in Pennsylvania. These papers shed considerable light on the operations of a number of state offices and agencies, including: the adjutant general, Department of Agriculture, attorney general, auditor general, Department of Banking, Boies Penrose Statue Executive Commission, State Boxing Commission, State Board of Censors of Motion Pictures, secretary of the Commonwealth, Cook Forest Association, Delaware River Bridge Commission, factory inspectors, Board of Fish Commissioners, Department of Forests and Waters, Game Commission, Department of Health, Department of Highways, Hoover Prosperity Program, state hospitals, Department of Insurance, Department of Internal Affairs, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and Industry, state legislature, lieutenant governor, Department of Military Affairs, Department of Mines, state penal institutions, Pennsylvania State Police, Porto Rico Child Feeding Committee, Department of Property and Supplies, Department of Public Instruction, Public Service Commission, Department of Revenue, Department of Treasury, Valley Forge Park Commission, Department of Welfare, etc.


  • Senate Papers
  • Commissioner of Banking Papers
  • Governor's Papers


  • Correspondence, 1902-1940. (40 boxes) {#159m.13}
  • Awards (academic and other), 1909-1914. (3 items) {#159m.14}
  • Accounts (bank book), 1928-1940. (1 volume) {#159m.15}
  • Cash Books, 1902-1913, 1931-1940. (2 volumes) {#159m.16}
  • Day Book, 1886-1895. (1 volume) {#159m.17}
  • Journals, 1913-1929. (8 volumes) {#159m.18}
  • Ledgers, 1896-1940. (7 volumes) {#159m.19}
  • Miscellaneous, 1913-1931. (4 folders and 3 volumes) {#159m.20}

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