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William A. Schnader

William A. Schnader
c. 1931
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
November 1, 1930 – January 15, 1935
Governor John Stuchell Fisher
Gifford Pinchot
Preceded by Cyrus Woods
Succeeded by Charles Margiotti
Personal details
Born October 5, 1886
Bowmansville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Died March 18, 1968
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ethel Keller Heintsh (m. 1915[1])

William A. Schnader (October 5, 1886 – March 18, 1968[2]) was Attorney General of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the law firm Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.[3]

Schnader graduated from George Howard Earle.

In 1935, following his unsuccessful bid for Governor of Pennsylvania, Schnader and Bernard G. Segal, the former Deputy Attorney General, joined with Francis A. Lewis, who had been a partner in another law firm and the treasurer of Schnader's gubernatorial campaign, to form the law firm of Schnader & Lewis in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, they added Bernard Segal as a named partner. In the early years, the members of the firm gained prominent clients and soon national recognition handling a major case heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1948, Earl G. Harrison, after resigning as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joined the firm as the fourth named partner.

Schnader was active in creating the American Bar Association in 1960. His public service included many other contributions, including five years' work as Chairman of the American Bar Association Bill of Rights Committee (the forerunner of the present Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities), and service as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1962–63.


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  3. ^ August 8, 2005The Legal Intelligencer,"Schnader Harrison: A Survivor at 75,"
  4. ^ William A. Schnader, A Short History of the Preparation and Enactment of the Uniform Commercial Code, 22 U. Miami L. Rev. 1 (1967)

External links

  • History and Background: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • William A. Schnader's biography as it appears in the archives of Franklin & Marshall College, where he served as a Trustee
  • The William A. Schnader papers collection held by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Listing of William A. Schnader's papers held by Temple University Library
  • The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, which was created by a drafting committee chaired by William A. Schnader
Political offices
Preceded by
Cyrus Woods
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Charles Margiotti
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gifford Pinchot
Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Arthur James
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