William Scranton III

William Scranton III

Born Jul 20, 1947

William Worthington Scranton, III served as the 26th lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987 in the administration of Governor Richard Thornburgh. He is the son of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton, and a member of the wealthy and politically influential Scranton family, the founders of Scranton, Pennsylvania.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on July 20, 1947.


1970 22 Years Old Scranton attended Yale University. After college he became the editor of a local newspaper in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. In 1970, he went to Europe to study the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's method of Transcendental Meditation, and became a lifelong practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique. … Read More
1976 28 Years Old He entered politics as a member of the Republican State Committee in 1976.


1978 30 Years Old In 1978, he won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor and later that year became the youngest person ever elected lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania.
1979 31 Years Old His dual role as Chairman of the Governor's Energy Council and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council put him at the center of the Three Mile Island crisis in 1979. … Read More
1982 34 Years Old In 1982, he was unanimously elected as Chairman of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors.
1986 38 Years Old 1 More Event
After his tenure as lieutenant governor, Scranton ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1986 against Bob Casey. … Read More


1992 44 Years Old In 1992, Scranton donated $1,000 to the campaign of his friend John Hagelin, the Pittsburgh-born presidential candidate for the Transcendental Meditation-backed Natural Law Party. … Read More


2005 57 Years Old On October 17, 2005, Scranton formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. … Read More
2006 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2006 Scranton fired his third campaign manager, Jim Seif, after Seif criticized Scranton's African American opponent during a television interview by saying, "the rich white guy in this campaign is Lynn Swann."
2007 59 Years Old He has maintained a presence in the political arena, speaking at the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference and testifying before the State House of Representatives budget hearing. In May 2007, Scranton joined the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg public policy research center. http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/newsreleases/former-lt-governor-bill-scranton-joins-commonwealth-foundation-board-directors.


2009 61 Years Old On August 20, 2009, Scranton effecively ended speculation he would enter the race by endorsing 6th district Congressman Jim Gerlach for governor.
2010 62 Years Old Scranton's name continued to surface as a possible Republican candidate to run for Governor in 2010, because Ed Rendell could not run for re-election. … Read More
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