Joseph Ritner (1780 - 1869)

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Birthplace: Berks, PA, USA
Death: Died in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA, USA
Occupation: Member PA House of Rep-1820 / Governor of PA 1835-1839
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About Joseph Ritner

Joseph Ritner (March 25, 1780 – October 16, 1869) 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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Joseph Ritner, Governor's Timeline

March 25, 1780
Berks, PA, USA
October 16, 1869
Age 89
Carlisle, Cumberland, PA, USA
Mount Rock, Cumberland, PA, USA