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JOSEPH P. SNYDER, a former commissioner of Lehigh County, is the son of the late John and Susan (Schindel) Snyder. He was born July 3, 1858, in Snydersville, Lehigh County, Pa., where he attended the district school. He engaged in farming until 1887, when he came to Allentown and entered the livery and contracting business with his brother, J. G. Snyder, under the firm name of J. P. Snyder & Co. In 1899 the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Snyder continuing alone and building up one of the largest and most successful contracting businesses in the city and county. In March, 1916, he sold a large portion of his business, in order to devote his time to concrete work and the cultivation of his beautiful farm "Schneiderheim." Mr. Snyder was for many years an active and influential Republican, and as such was elected a member of the board of county commissioners. He proved himself to be an excellent public official. He was one of the first men in this section to join the Progressive movement and has continued to be a consistent and energetic follower of that party. Mr. Snyder, who is one of Allentown's representative citizens, is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the following organizations Allentown Chamber of Commerce ; Jordan Lodge, No. 673, F. and A. M.; John Hay Republican Club; Y. M. C. A., and a contributing member of the Allentown Band. In 1888 Mr. Snyder married Mary C., daughter of Samuel and Caroline (Dry) Kutz, of Allentown.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.