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Remembering former Governor William Scranton

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jul 29, 2013 3:11 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Former Governor William Scranton has died of a cerebral hemorrhage at a retirement home in California. He passed away last night at age 96.

Governor Corbett has ordered all Pennsylvania flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Scranton. In a statement, Corbett called him a world-class leader in government.

witf's Matt Paul talked with Franklin and Marshall College professor Terry Madonna about Scranton's life and legacy in Pennsylvania politics.

     

Scranton, who left Yale Law School to serve as a pilot during World War II, was Pennsylvania's 38th governor. He served one term in office from 1963 - 1967. That was before governors in Pennsylvania could seek a second term.

After leaving office, he served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations and led the President's Commission on Campus Unrest, which was formed in the wake of the Kent State shootings in 1970.

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