LEADER, ADAM H., p. 594
Surnames: LEADER, HERB, HOMAN, ROLAND, FISHER
Adam H. Leader, one of Reading's successful business men, has been prominent in public life as well, having in 1896 become city comptroller, and later mayor. He was born March 22, 1867, in Reading, son of Jacob and Sarah (Herb) Leader.
Jacob Leader, grandfather of Adam H., was born in Montgomery county, Pa, whence he removed to Bern township, Berks county, and later to Reading, where he died.
Jacob Leader, son of Jacob, was born in Bern township in 1838, and in 1850 located in Reading, where the rest of his life was spent at the molder's trade. He was a stanch Republican, but never cared for public office. His religious belief was that of the Covenant Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was a trustee. Mr. Leader married Sarah Herb, born in 1840, and four children were born to this union, namely: Adam H.; Sadie M., m. to Irwin B. Homan, of Reading; and J. Elmer and Harry R., machinists of Reading.
Adam H. Leader received his education in the public and high schools of Reading, graduating in 1884 from the latter at the age of seventeen years. He learned surveying, and was engaged therein for about seven years, at the end of which time he entered the real estate field, in which he has been eminently successful. In 1889 Mr. Leader formed a partnership with Mr. H. H. Roland, and continued this business for a period of twelve years.
Mr. Leader's political affiliations are with the Republican party, in the ranks of which he has been a stanch and steady standard bearer. In 1893 he was elected to the office of city assessor for a term of three years, and he was subsequently placed in charge of the finances of the city, being elected to the position of comptroller, for also one term of three years.
In 1899 he was elected mayor of the city of Reading, and served a full term, until April, 1902, after which he entered the contracting field, his principal business being municipal work such as street paving and the construction of sewers and filtration plants, and he is now building a water filtering plant (known as the Burkhart plant) for the city of Reading. Fraternally Mr. Leader is connected with Reading Lodge No. 549, F. & A. M., and Progressive Lodge, I. O. O. F.
On June 23, 1898, Mr. Leader married Mary K. Fisher, daughter of Wellington H. and Caroline Fisher, of Reading.