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Aaron Shenk KREIDER

(1863-1929)

KREIDER, Aaron Shenk, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born on a farm in South Annville Township, Lebanon County, Pa., June 26, 1863; attended the public schools and Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., and was graduated from Allentown Business College in 1880; moved to Fulton, Mo., in 1880 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and later was employed as a clerk in a store; returned to Pennsylvania and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Campbelltown in 1884 and in Roseland in 1885; established the town of Lawn in Lebanon County, Pa., in 1886; also engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the grain and coal business; moved to Palmyra, Pa., in 1893 and shortly thereafter to Annville, Pa., and became interested in shoe manufacturing and in banking; commissioner and chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Annville 1909-1912; delegate to the Republican State Convention in 1910; served as president of the National Association of Shoe Manufacturers of the United States 1913-1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; president of the board of trustees of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits in Annville, Pa., until his death there on May 19, 1929; interment in Mount Annville Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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