William Warren Scranton, a Republican from Lackawanna County, elected governor of Pennsylvania, took office Jan. 15, 1963, and served until Jan. 17, 1967. Shown in this photo is the governor during his term in office.
When Scranton became governor, Pennsylvania was confronted with the deterioration of three key industries – coal, railroads and textiles, and the state’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.
He implemented a development program to diversify industry through low-interest loans for new business. He also boosted spending on education, research and highway construction.
In 1964, Scranton entered the race for the presidency of the United States, losing to Sen. Barry Goldwater in the primary.
Read the June 13, 2004, Pocono Record “Harrisburg Highlights” column by R.B. Swift about Scranton’s run: “Pa.’s own moderate Republican aimed for presidency.”
By the fall of 1966, as Scranton’s term as governor was ending, the unemployment rate had fallen to 2.8 percent – a tribute to his programs, but also to the boom to the economy spurred by Vietnam War spending.
On Oct. 25, 1965, Gov. Scranton presented Tobyhanna Army Depot with a Minuteman Star Flag, awarded by the U.S. Treasury Department, for the depot’s support of the U.S. Saving Bond program.
Check out Pocono Record’s coverage of the event.