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ELECT "BILL" SCRANTON TO CONGRESS
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William Warren "Bill" Scranton was an American Republican politician. He ran a successful campaign for Congress in 1960 resulting in a three-year term. He then went on to be Governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967. William Scranton was born in 1917 in Madison, Connecticut, to a wealthy family, descendants of the Mayflower colonists and founders of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton studied law at Yale University before joining the Army Air Corps as a pilot. While in Congress, he voted alongside Democrats on issues such as foreign aid and civil rights. During his time as Governor, Scranton created a state community college system, a state Board of Education, and a Higher Education Assistance Agency. He brought unemployment down, increased sales tax to subdue a deficit, and promoted state trade nationally and abroad. Although he could not run for re-election in 1966, Scranton helped write a new Constitution that allowed governors a second term. Although he vowed to never run for public office again, he remained active in politics. He worked in private business from banking to broadcasting, served on various boards such as IBM and Sun Oil Company, was a trustee of Yale University, and chairman of the Commission on Student Unrest during the Kent State shootings in 1970, among many other endeavors. He served as director and vice president of various companies and organizations and continued his involvement in many civic activities. William Scranton died in 2013 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 96.

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McFadden, R. (2021). William W. Scranton, 96, G.O.P. Prodigy Who Led Pennsylvania, Is Dead (Published 2013). Retrieved 17 March 2021, from https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/us/politics/william-scranton-former-p...

Governor William Warren Scranton | PHMC > Pennsylvania Governors. (2021). Retrieved 17 March 2021, from http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/portal/communities/governors/1951-2015/willi...

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