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Former Pa. governor William Scranton dies at 96

AP - In this July 5, 1964, file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton Jr. speaks to hometown well-wishers at the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Airport in Scranton, Pa. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>In this July 5, 1964, file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton Jr. speaks to hometown well-wishers at the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Airport  in Scranton, Pa. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
AP - In this 1964 file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton Jr., then a Republican presidential hopeful, looks over telegrams while en route to Charlotte, N.C. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>In this 1964 file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton Jr., then a Republican presidential hopeful, looks over telegrams while en route to Charlotte, N.C. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
AP - In this 1976 file photo, William Scranton Jr., left, is sworn-in as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by Associate Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart at the White House in Washington. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>In this 1976 file photo, William Scranton Jr., left,  is sworn-in as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by Associate Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart at the White House in Washington. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
AP - In this 1962 file photo, then-U.S. Rep. William Scranton Jr. addresses a Republican rally in Scranton, Pa., officially opening his campaign as the Republican candidate for Governor. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>In this 1962 file photo, then-U.S. Rep. William Scranton Jr. addresses a Republican rally in Scranton, Pa., officially opening his campaign as the Republican candidate for Governor. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was 96.

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By The Associated Press
Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:12 a.m.
 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — William Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.

Family spokesman Mike DeVanney says Scranton died Sunday night of a cerebral hemorrhage at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif.

Scranton was Pennsylvania's 38th governor, serving one term from 1963 to 1967.

The moderately liberal Republican challenged conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964 during a brief foray into presidential politics. Scranton declared his candidacy just a month before the national convention and lost the nomination to Goldwater by a 4-to-1 margin.

He was appointed ambassador to the United Nations by President Gerald Ford in 1976 and served roughly 10 months in the post.

He and his wife, Mary, have a home in Waverly, Pa., just outside the city named for his family.

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