Joseph Ritner

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Joseph Ritner
Joseph Ritner-Governor of Pennsylvania.JPG
8th Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
December 15, 1835 – January 15, 1839
Preceded by George Wolf
Succeeded by David R. Porter
Personal details
Born March 25, 1780
Reading, Pennsylvania
Died October 16, 1869(1869-10-16) (aged 89)
Political party Anti-Masonic

Joseph Ritner (March 25, 1780 – October 16, 1869[1][2]) was the eighth Governor of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, elected as a member of the Anti-Masonic Party. He was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election, 1835, and served from 1835 to 1839. Controversy surrounding his 1838 electoral defeat led to the Buckshot War. In 1856, Governor Ritner was a delegate to the first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

Governor Ritner has a residence hall named in his honor on the University Park campus of Penn State. Ritner Street in Philadelphia is also named in his honor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Wolf
Governor of Pennsylvania
1835–1839
Succeeded by
David R. Porter