Homer Peter Snyder (December 6, 1863 – December 30, 1937) was a United States Representative from New York.

Homer Peter Snyder
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Campaign button, 1912
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1925
Preceded byCharles A. Talcott
Succeeded byFrederick M. Davenport
Chair of the United States House Committee on Indian Affairs
In office
March 3, 1921 – March 3, 1925
Preceded byRalph Hall
Personal details
Born(1863-12-06)December 6, 1863
Amsterdam, New York
DiedDecember 30, 1937(1937-12-30) (aged 74)
Little Falls, New York
Political partyRepublican


Born in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, he attended the common schools and was employed in various capacities in knitting mills until 1887. He moved to Little Falls in 1887 and continued employment in knitting mills; he engaged in the manufacture of knitting machinery in 1890 and, later, of bicycles and other wheeled vehicles. He was director and vice president of the Little Falls National Bank and served one term as school commissioner in 1895 and two terms as fire and police commissioner of Little Falls in 1910 and 1911. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress, and was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1925. He was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses) and a member of the Committee on World War Veterans' Legislation (Sixty-eighth Congress). On the former committee, his most significant achievement was sponsoring the landmark Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (also called the Snyder Act), which granted citizenship to all of the United States' Indian population.

Snyder was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916 and 1920 and was not a candidate for reelection in 1924. He resumed his former manufacturing pursuits and in 1937 died in Little Falls; interment was in the Church Street Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Homer P. Snyder (id: S000666)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Talcott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Frederick M. Davenport