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Former Governor Scranton Dies At Age 96

July 29, 2013

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations William Scranton has died at the age of 96.

Scranton died Sunday night, reportedly from a brain hemorrhage, at a residence at a California retirement community.  He had previously lived in Waverly, just outside the Pennsylvania city that was named after his family.

Scranton served one term as Pennsylvania’s 38th governor from 1963 until 1967.  While governor, he challenged Barry Goldwater at the Republican National Convention in 1964, and lost to the eventual party nominee by about a four-to-one margin.  Scranton also served for about ten months as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations following his nomination by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

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