George M. Leader http://wesa.fm en Former PA Gov. George Leader Dies at 95 http://wesa.fm/post/former-pa-gov-george-leader-dies-95 <p>Former Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader, who rose from his parents' chicken farm to become governor in 1955, has died. He was 95.</p><p>Hoover Funeral Homes and Crematory said Leader died Thursday.</p><p>The Democrat led a staff bent on ridding government of patronage jobs and improving social services. His administration overhauled the state's mental health system and made special education a requirement in Pennsylvania schools.</p><p>He was the first governor to appoint a black cabinet officer. Leader worked in later life as a private citizen on prison reform.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:56:57 +0000 The Associated Press 9267 at http://wesa.fm