Nelson Taylor Snyder

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
April 24, 2000

History of Virginia, Volume IV,
Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York, 1928
pages 186-187

NELSON TAYLOR SNYDER, JUNIOR. Varied interests directed
with dignified capability, coupled with a keen sense of duty in
either war or peace, are characteristics wihch make not only
for good citizenship, but also for successful and progressive
advancement. Alexandria because of its own advantages and
its close proximity to Washington affords any ambitious man an
excellent field for his operations, and in no line are there more
openings than those connected with realty transactions. One of
these typical Virginians of high character and recognized worth
is Nelson T. Snyder, Junior, president of the Snyder-Kane-
Boothe Corporation, realtors and insurers.

Nelson T. Snyder, Junior, was born in Jefferson County,
West Virginia, December 19, 1892, a son of Nelson T. and Emma
(McGary) Snyder, also natives of West Virginia, farmers and
apple growers during the earlier part of their lives, but now
retired and honored residents of Jefferson County, their estate
being near Shepherdstown.

Educated in the public schools of Shepherdstown and its
normal school, Nelson T. Snyder, Junior, taught school for sev-
eral years, but later took a business course, in 1911, at East-
man’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a second
course at Strayer’s Business College, Washington. In 1913 he
began to put to practical use the commercial training he had
obtained and entered the employ of the Southern Railroad Com-
pany, with which organization he continued until 1917, when
he went into the army for the World war. Commissioned a
second lieutenant, he was made an instructor at Camp Custer,
and remained there until he was honorably discharged in Decem-
ber, 1918, after which he returned to Washington and spent
one year more with the Southern Railroad as statistician, but
left in 1919 to organize N. T. Snyder & Company, real estate
and insurance, at Alexandria. In 1922 he was joined by Rob-
ert L. Kane, the two operating under the name of Snyder &
Kane, which firm in 1925, with the addition of Gardner L.
Boothe, became Snyder-Kane-Boothe Corporation. At present
this organization is doing some very important building and
development, and sells homes on the installment plan, financing
its projects through its own finance corporation. Perhaps the
most important of the development projects is Belle Haven, the
beautiful residential district in the neighborhood of the Belle
Haven Country Club, although the two Glendale Park develop-
ments and Rosemont Park are worthy of consideration. Mr.
Snyder is president of the Del Ray Bank in the Town of Potomac,
and he was one of the organizers of the Kiwanis Club and dur-
ing 1927 served as its president. He belongs to all of the bodies
in Masonry at Alexandria, including the Shrine, and he also
belongs to the Shriner Club, the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, and the Belle Haven Country Club, of which he is a di-
rector. He is president of the Belle Haven Realty Corporation
and is a director of the Northern Virginia Investment Corpora-
tion. Since its organization the American Legion has in him
a zealous member. He is a Democrat in political faith. The
Presbyterian Church is his religious home.

In July, 1917, Mr. Snyder married Miss Lydia. Hammond, a
daughter of Harry and Etta (Catts) Hammond, natives of
Alexandria, where the father is in business as manager of the
Mutual Ice Company. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have two children:
Harry Hammond, who was born December 30, 1920; and Nelson
Taylor III, who was born September 17, 1924. The Snyder
residence is in Belle Haven and is a beautiful home. Mr. Sny-
der’s list of acquaintances is necessarily a long one and he comes
into contact with men of note from all over the country, and the
majority of them become his warm personal friends. His spirit
of good fellowship leads him to exert himself to render the lives
of others brighter and easier, and he is always ready to lend
his efficient assistance to those measures which he believes will
work out for the betterment of the majority.