Joseph A. Scranton

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Joseph Augustine Scranton (July 26, 1838 – October 12, 1908) was a Republican politician who represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives from 1881 to 1883, 1885 to 1887, 1889 to 1891, and 1893 to 1897.

Life and career[edit]

Scranton was born in Madison, Connecticut, but when he was a boy, his family moved to Pennsylvania, settling in the Lackawanna Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, the eventual site of the city of Scranton, which was named after the family. Joseph Scranton attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and then Yale University from 1857 to 1861.

After completing his studies at Yale, Scranton served as "collector of internal revenue" from 1862 until 1866, a post of political patronage. In 1867 he founded the Scranton Daily Republican newspaper. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872. He was Scranton's postmaster from March 19, 1874 to May 5, 1881. In 1880, Scranton was elected to Congress for the first time, serving in the 47th Congress. He was defeated in 1882, but won in 1884. He was defeated again in 1886, but won a third term in 1888.

Scranton ran again in 1890 but was defeated, after which he resumed his newspaper career. He was subsequently elected to two consecutive terms in 1892 and 1894. In 1896, he chose not to run and re-entered the newspaper business, joining the Daily Republican as both editor and publisher. Scranton entered political life one more time, in the role of Treasurer of Lackawanna County from 1901 to 1903. He died in Scranton in 1908.

Joseph Scranton was second cousin to George W. Scranton; his grandson, William Scranton, served as Governor of Pennsylvania and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and his great-grandson, William Scranton, III, served as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hendrick B. Wright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

1881-1883
Succeeded by
Daniel W. Connolly
Preceded by
Daniel W. Connolly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

1885-1887
Succeeded by
John Lynch
Preceded by
Charles R. Buckalew
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district

1889-1891
Succeeded by
Lemuel Amerman
Preceded by
Lemuel Amerman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district

1893-1897
Succeeded by
William Connell