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By Delphine Luneau
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh dies at 88

Thornburgh Served a Term as U.S. Attorney General


January 7, 2021

Dick Thornburgh Papers, AIS.1998.30, Series 18: Photographs, Sub-Series 7. Campaign for Governor

A Dick Thornburgh campaign brochure photograph from 1978.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who also served as U.S. Attorney General in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died Thursday at age 88.

The cause of Thornburgh's death had not been released as of late Thursday afternoon.

A former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Thornburg ran for governor in 1978 as a Republican, defeating Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty on an anti-corruption platform. He ran again in 1982 and won a second term by defeating U.S. Rep. Allan Ertel.

Following the end of his second term, he was named to lead the U.S. Justice Department in 1988 by Pr...

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