Memorial set for former Governor William Scranton

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2013 5:02 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A memorial service is scheduled for former Governor William Warren Scranton on August 14th in the northeastern Pennsylvania city named after his family.

The service will be held starting at 10:30 a-m at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

It'll be open to the public.

Scranton, a former governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died last Sunday in California at the age of 96.

The Republican was elected to Congress in 1960 and served one term before he was elected as the commonwealth's 38th governor in 1962.
He lost the GOP presidential nomination in 1964 as a liberal alternative to conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater.

Governor Corbett has ordered all Pennsylvania state flags lowered to half-staff until August 15 to honor Scranton.

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