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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PENNSYLVANIAN

Pennypacker, Samuel

Published by John Winston Co, New York, 1918
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Governor Pennypacker garnered the most intense acrimony from the Philadelphia press of any governor in Pennsylvania 's history. The Progressive Era gave birth to many journalists who sought to expose corruption, for whom President Roosevelt coined the term "muckrakers." Pennypacker immediately drew vicious attacks in the press. After the state capitol building burned down in 1897, the General Assembly, during the administration of Governor Stone, appropriated four million dollars in funds to rebuild, not including furnishings. On October 4, 1906, the new building, rivaling the nation's capitol building, with a dome resembling St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, was dedicated and described by Pennypacker as "the most elaborate and complicated constructive work ever undertaken by the state." Pennypacker believed that a grand and opulent public building would exalt Pennsylvania 's status as the Keystone State. The building was completed on time and within the budget. However, Democratic State Treasurer William Berry discovered that, although $900,000 additional was appropriated for furnishings, flooring and ceilings, oak wainscoting, and artwork, the actual additional unappropriated cost was $7.7 million. There were overcharges for purchases using questionable methods of computing costs. After an investigation, convictions on charges of conspiracy and false pretense were obtained against architect Joseph Huston, lead contractor John Sanderson, former Auditor General William P. Snyder, and former State Treasurer William L. Mathues. Governor Pennypacker was not indicted nor did the public perceive the governor as being dishonest. Pennypacker also pointed out that the Commonwealth did not raise taxes or go into debt and that other great buildings less grand than the capitol took longer to build and were much more costly. The capitol today remains an important architectural landmark of Pennsylvania, drawing admiring visitors from around the world. Following his term in office, Pennypacker opened a law office in Philadelphia and wrote extensively, including his autobiography and his commentary on the Capitol Building scandal. Bookseller Inventory # 000162

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Title: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PENNSYLVANIAN

Publisher: John Winston Co, New York

Publication Date: 1918

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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