John S Fisher
Pennsylvania's 28th Governor, John Stuchell Fisher was born on May 25, 1867, S. Mahoning Twp, PA, the son of Samuel Royer and Maria Louise McGaughey Fisher. Fisher graduated from Indiana State Normal School; pursued teaching; served as principal for schools in Plumville and Indiana (PA); studied law and was admitted to state and local bar associations. Elected to the state Senate, 1901-1908; he also served on the Commission on Constitutional Revision, was state Commissioner of Banking, 1919-1922; and was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1927. Fisher’s executive priorities were fiscal policy, public works, conservation, and initiating the use of voting machines as a deterrent to voter fraud. Under his term the Soldiers and Sailors Bridge was constructed, a major public works investment made; and about a half-million acres of forest land was added to the Pennsylvania state park system. After his term as Governor, he consulted his son’s law firm, served on the boards of several financial establishments, the Indiana Hospital, the State Normal School in Indiana, PA, and Pennsylvania State College. He married Hapsi Miller in Indiana County. The Governor died on June 25, 1940 in Pittsburgh; interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana County.