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Samuel W. Pennypacker, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1903-1907.
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Oil on canvas of Samuel W. Pennypacker.

Credit: Courtesy of Capitol Preservation Committee, http://cpc.state.pa.us and John Rudy Photography, http://www.johnrudy.com

A prominent judge, avid historian–and cousin of Pennsylvania Republican party boss Matthew Quay–Samuel Pennypacker proved an uncommonly independent and progressive governor after taking office in 1903. A supporter of child labor protection, conservation, and consumer protection legislation, he publicly defended the new state capital building, which he believed exalted Pennsylvania's status as the Keystone State.

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