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William C. Sproul

For other people of the same name, see William Sproul (disambiguation).

William Cameron Sproul
27th Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1919 – January 15, 1923
Lieutenant Edward Beidleman
Preceded by Martin Brumbaugh
Succeeded by Gifford Pinchot
Personal details
Born (1870-09-16)September 16, 1870
Colerain Township, Pennsylvania
Died March 21, 1928(1928-03-21) (aged 57)
Political party Republican
Alma mater Swarthmore College
Religion Religious Society of Friends

William Cameron Sproul (September 16, 1870 – March 21, 1928) was the 27th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923. He was born near Octoraro and Andrew's Bridge, Colerain Township, Lancaster County. He was born in a structure currently known as the John Douglass House

He served as a member of Pennsylvania State Senate from 1897 to 1919, when he was elected Governor. He was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920.

He was a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

Sproul State Forest in Clinton and Centre counties is named for him.


William Cameron Sproul was born in Colerain Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His birthplace is known as the John Douglass House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

The Sproul family moved to Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 1883 where Sproul graduated from Chester High School in 1887 and, with honors, from Swarthmore College in 1891, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Sproul Hall, a residence hall on the campus of Penn State University, is named after William Cameron Sproul.

Governor Sproul Apartments located in Broomall, Pennsylvania, is named after William Cameron Sproul.

Sproul Estates, in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, a residential development named after Governor Sproul, is built on the site of his former residence. He is buried at the Chester Rural Cemetery.


  • PHMC: William Cameron Sproul biography
  • Pennsylvania Governors Past to Present: Governor William Cameron Sproul

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Brumbaugh
Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Gifford Pinchot
Party political offices
Preceded by
Martin Brumbaugh
Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Gifford Pinchot

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