Remembering Fred Anton

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Anyone who is an active conservative in Pennsylvania or even involved in the politics of the Keystone State almost certainly knew Fred Anton.

On November 2, Pennsylvanians were shell-shocked by the news that Anton ” chairman of the board of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association ” was found dead in the Delaware River after a 24-hour disappearance from his Philadelphia home. He was 83 and reportedly suffered from depression.

As if a dam burst, the Pennsylvania press was flooded with tributes from those who knew the bald, bluff plainspoken lawyer. Sen. Pat Toomey, R.-Pa., called him a “mentor of many including myself.” Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge hailed Anton for “playing a critical role in helping us to advance our pro-business agenda during my years [as governor].”

“Fred Anton was the godfather of modern Pennsylvania conservatism,” Lowman Henry, president of the conservative Lincoln Institute, told