Horace G. Snover
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
Preceded byJustin Rice Whiting
Succeeded byEdgar Weeks
Personal details
Born(1847-09-21)September 21, 1847
Romeo, Michigan
DiedJuly 21, 1924(1924-07-21) (aged 76)
Port Huron, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

Horace Greeley Snover (September 21, 1847 – July 21, 1924) was a politician and judge from the U.S. state of Michigan.


Horace Greeley Snover was born 21 September 1847 in the then village of Romeo in Macomb County, Michigan, a son of Edward Sharpe Snover (5 April 1813 Knowlton, Warren County, New Jersey – 9 September 1885 Romeo, Macomb, Michigan) and Ann Albertson Cook (26 December 1816 Sussex County, New Jersey – 26 February 1886 Romeo, Macomb County, Michigan).[1] His namesake was the abolitionist Horace Greeley. His father was a money lender while his mother was a descendant of early American settlers. They had married in New Jersey then removed to Michigan during the years when a logging economy was transitioning to agricultural investment. Snover was a second great grandson of Garret Albertson (1735–1813), a Major in the New Jersey militia during the American Revolution.[2][3]

Snover attended the Romeo public schools and the Dickenson Institute. He graduated from the academic department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1869 and from the law department in 1871. He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Wichita, Kansas in 1871 and 1872. The following year he moved back to Romeo and then moved to Port Austin in 1874 while continuing the practice of law. He also engaged in banking and was principal of the public schools of Port Austin for two years. He also served as probate judge of Huron County from January 1, 1881 to January 1, 1885.

Snover was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 7th congressional district to the 54th and 55th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1899 in the U.S. House. The Republicans had the majority and enacted laws such as the 1896 Married Women's Rights Act (District of Columbia), numerous acts to win the Spanish American War, and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 - now the oldest federal environmental law in the United States. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1898.

After leaving Congress, Horace G. Snover moved to Port Huron, where he died at the age of seventy-six and is interred in its Lakeside Cemetery.[1]

The community of Snover in Sanilac County was named for him.[4]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Find-a-Grave: Horace Greeley Snover, accessed April 2020.
  2. ^ Autobiography of Garret Albertson, Senior, accessed 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ALBERTSON FAMILY, HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, by William L Baran, pub. 2002. Accessed 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJustin R. Whiting United States Representative for the 7th Congressional District of Michigan 1895–1899 Succeeded byEdgar Weeks