George H. Earle III, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1935-1939.
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Head and shoulders portrait of Earle wearing a suit.

Credit: Courtesy of Capitol Preservation Committee. and John Rudy Photography.

Born into a wealthy, patrician Philadelphia family, George Earle showed little interest in politics as a young man. Like most of his peers, Earle was a Republican until the Great Depression radicalized his political beliefs and drove him into the Democratic party. Backed by a Democratic majority in the state legislature, Governor Earle helped pushed through an unprecedented volume of legislation based on federal models that became know as Pennsylvania's "Little New Deal."

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