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Milton J. Shapp

AKA Milton Jerrold Shapiro

Born: 25-Jun-1912
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Died: 24-Nov-1994
Location of death: Philadelphia, PA
Cause of death: Alzheimer's
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Pennsylvania, 1971-79

Military service: US Army Signal Corps (WWII)

Sold his CATV business in 1966 (at the time employing over 2000 people) to General Instrument. Shapp was the first governor elected under Pennsylvania's new constitution, the first modern governor to serve two terms, and the state's first Jewish governor. During his watch, the Pennsylvania State Lottery and the the state Department of Aging were established, pay toilets were eliminated on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Hurricane Agnes struck the state. He was briefly a candidate for US President in 1976, but fared only fourth out of five candidates in the Pennsylvania primary.

Father: Aaron Shapiro (businessman)
Mother: Eva Smelsey
Wife: Muriel Matzkin (two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Dolores
Son: Richard
Daughter: Joanne

    University: BS EE, Case Institute of Technology (1933)

    Governor of Pennsylvania (1971-79)
    Jerrold Electronics Corporation Founder (1946)
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


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