Was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about the year 1760. In 1789 he was elected by the citizens of Northumberland County a member of the convention which formed the present constitution of Pennsylvania. He represented Northumberland County for more than ten years in the legislature. In the session of 1802-3 he was elected speaker of the house, and for many successive years was unanimously chosen speaker of that body. In 1808, Mr. Snyder was elected governor of Pennsylvania and in 1811 was re-elected to the same honorable station. His messages to the legislature have been particularly remarkable for the zeal and ability with which they have recommended the construction of Canals, Roads and Bridges, the education of the Poor, the melioration and consolidation of the Penal code, and the adoption and perfection of the principal of compulsory Arbitration as a constituent part of the civil code of Pennsylvania. [Pp. 43-44.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.