Gifford Pinchot, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1923-1927 and 1931-1935.
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Pinchot wearing a suit, seated.

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

A wealthy reformer with a fierce streak of independence, Gifford Pinchot made powerful enemies among state Republican leaders during his first term as governor in the 1920s. Able to again win the Republican nomination in 1930 Pinchot served as governor during the worst years of the Great Depression. In the early 1930s, he struggled against his fellow Republicans with limited success to bring New Deal programs and reforms to Pennsylvania.

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