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Manuscript Group 406
1940 -2000
20 cubic feet

Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995, Robert P. Casey was born in Jackson Heights, N.Y. in 1932 but grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An accomplished basketball player, he attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA on an athletic scholarship. Graduating with a B.A. in English in 1953, he earned a J.D. at George Washington University Law School in 1956 and became an associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. Two years later he returned to Scranton where he opened his own law practice.

Casey represented Lackawanna County in the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1962 where he distinguished himself by authoring environmental legislation. In 1967 Casey served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention, serving as First Vice President and playing a role in the writing and ratification of the Commonwealth's current constitution. Casey was elected to two terms as Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1969-1977, and in 1978 he joined the law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kaufmann where he rose to become a senior partner. After his two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania, Casey continued to be involved in Scranton civic affairs as well as state and national politics until his death in 2000. He was particularly active in the fight against legalized abortion, and was also a proponent of mother-child health, and the donation and transplantation of human organs, having himself been the recipient of a highly publicized heart and liver transplant in 1993.

Contained in this collection are Casey's personal papers, along with collected material about his life and career.

For Casey's official records as governor, 1987-1995, documenting his two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania, see Record Group 10, Records of the Office of the Governor.

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