SNYDER, Homer Peter, (1863 - 1937)


Campaign button, 1912, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

SNYDER, Homer Peter, a Representative from New York; born in Amsterdam, Amsterdam County, N.Y., December 6, 1863; attended the common schools; was employed in various capacities in knitting mills until 1887; moved to Little Falls, N.Y., in 1887 and continued employment in knitting mills; engaged in the manufacture of knitting machinery in 1890 and, later, of bicycles and other wheeled vehicles; director and vice president of the Little Falls National Bank; served one term as school commissioner in 1895 and two terms as fire and police commissioner of Little Falls in 1910 and 1911; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1925); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses), Committee on World War Veterans’ Legislation (Sixty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1924; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916 and 1920; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; died in Little Falls, N.Y., December 30, 1937; interment in the Church Street Cemetery.