George W. Scranton

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George Whitfield Scranton
George W. Scranton (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 24, 1861
Preceded by Paul Leidy
Succeeded by Hendrick Bradley Wright
Personal details
Born (1811-05-11)May 11, 1811
Madison, Connecticut, US
Died March 24, 1861(1861-03-24) (aged 49)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Relations Joseph A. Scranton (second-cousin)

George Whitfield Scranton (May 11, 1811 – March 24, 1861) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from March 4, 1859, until his death in 1861.

Early life[edit]

George Scranton was born in Madison, Connecticut. He attended Lee’s Academy. He moved to Belvidere, New Jersey, in 1828 and became a teamster.


Skyline of downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania. The city named after him and his family.

From 1835 to 1839, Scranton was interested in agricultural pursuits and in the latter year engaged in the manufacture of iron, and began experimenting with the practicability of smelting ore by means of anthracite coal in Slocum (now Scranton, Pennsylvania). He was the founder of the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company and the city of Scranton. He projected and constructed the Northumberland division of the Lackawanna Railroad. He was the president of two railroad companies.


He was elected to congress as a Republican in 1858 to the 36th Congress and served from March 4, 1859, until his death in Scranton on March 24, 1861.

Personal life[edit]

He was the second-cousin to Joseph A. Scranton.


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

Succeeded by
Hendrick B. Wright