Author Bill Keisling covers the history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – 1950-1980 – the appointed years excerpted here

In what he calls part 3 in of his essay on Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Governor Tom Corbett, author Bill Kiesling has pubished a very thoroughly researched, and engagingly written history of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - the appointed years.  The essay is a chronology of the history of interrelationship between governors and attorneys general over the years, and the following excerpt covers the short period in the Shapp administration that immediately preceded the constitutional amendment making it an elected office. Bill's essay provides a great historical perspective as we begin to cover the 2012 election for attorney general, and is useful to anyone interested in the office.  You can see the full article here. Calamitous Shapp years bring an end to the appointed AG After Fred Speaker's tenure, a true calamity would befall the appointed office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. The calamity was arguably a man named Milton Shapp. Milton Shapp served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979. He was a self-made millionaire who made his money as a pioneer in the cable television business. Cutting corners in the cable business in Philadelphia made Shapp his fortune, but it turned out to be a bad … Continue Reading ››
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