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  • Anna May Miller (1889 - 1964)
  • Lewis H. Evans (1882 - 1950)
  • Alexander Grass (1927 - 2009)
    Alex Grass joined Lehrman & Sons, a regional grocery distributor in Pennsylvania, after marrying Lois Lehrman, the daughter of founder's son, Benjamin Sachs Lehrman. Grass launched Rack Rite Distributo...
  • William Scranton III (1947 - d.)
    William Worthington Scranton, III (born July 20, 1947, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) served as the 26th lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987 in the administration of Governor Richard Th...
  • Mary Lowe Scranton (1918 - 2015)
    Mary Lowe Scranton (April 1918 – December 26, 2015) was an American consultant, community advocate and academic trustee. She served as the First Lady of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967 during the admi...

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna County.


Scranton is the geographic and cultural center of the Lackawanna River valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the largest of the former anthracite coal mining communities in a contiguous quilt-work that also includes Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Pittston, and Carbondale. Scranton was incorporated on February 14, 1856, as a borough in Luzerne County and as a city on April 23, 1866. It became a major industrial city, a center of mining and railroads, and attracted thousands of new immigrants. It was the site of the Scranton General Strike in 1877.

People in northern Luzerne County sought a new county in 1839 but the Wilkes-Barre area resisted losing its assets. Lackawanna County did not gain independent status until 1878. Under legislation allowing the issue to be voted by residents of the proposed territory, voters favored the new county by a proportion of 6 to 1, with Scranton residents providing the major support. The city was designated as the county seat when Lackawanna County was established in 1878, and a judicial district was authorized in 1879.

The city "took its first step toward earning its reputation as the "Electric City" when electric lights were introduced in 1880 at the Dickson Manufacturing Company. Six years later, the nation's first streetcars powered exclusively by electricity began operating in the city. Rev. David Spencer, a local Baptist minister, later proclaimed Scranton as the "Electric City".

The Harry Chapin song "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is about an actual fatal 1965 accident in Scranton, where a driver hauling bananas lost control of his truck as it barreled down Moosic Street.