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1956 Horatio Alger Award Winner

W. Cordes Snyder, Jr.*

Blaw-Knox Manufacturing Company

"Find something you love to do and you will succeed."

Cordes Snyder trapped and sold pelts near his family's mountain home and worked in the coal mines with his father during his summer vacations. He used the money he earned to help pay for his tuition at Lehigh University, where he studied engineering. After jobs at several foundries, he worked his way up through the ranks, spending evenings learning about the design of heavy rolling-mill equipment. He was the president and chairman of the board of Blaw-Knox Company which was famous for designing and manufacturing rolling mills and rolling-mill equipment.

* Deceased