Lyricist known for songs like The Sheik of Araby and Who's Sorry Now?, which were used in scores of movies.
He worked as a pianist in a cafe.
He was one of ASCAP's nine founding members.
He was born to Andrew and Anna Snyder in Freeport, Illinois. They raised him in Boscobel, Wisconsin.
He hired Irving Berlin in 1909 as a staff writer for his music publishing company Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, Inc., giving Berlin his big break.