Monday, July 29, 2013

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Bill Scranton has died at 96

Bill Scranton - Times Tribune
Former Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton, known by many as a moderate who frequently reached across party lines, died on Sunday in Montecito, Calif. of a cerebral hemorrhage.
He was 96.
The Philadelphia Business Journal's Jared Shelly writes:
"Scranton served as the 38th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for president in 1964, losing to eventual candidate Barry Goldwater.
"The Republicans had been beaten in two straight gubernatorial elections before Scranton's victory. It had even seen John F. Kennedy win Pennsylvania in the 1960 presidential election, which was considered a turning point for the long-held Republican state.
"Scranton's moderate status on many issues helped him become victorious.
"During his term, he focused on education, starting the community college system in the state, and the state Board of Education began during his term.
"He ran as what we would call today a progressive agenda," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics & Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College.
“He also had a deep knowledge of economics, helping to start the Dept. of Community Affairs and making major investments in infrastructure."
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