Senate votes to rename North Charleroi bridge

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Here is a tough trivia question: What one-time resident of Charleroi played professional baseball in Pittsburgh in 1890, then later became governor of Pennsylvania from 1911-15, and now is having a bridge across the Monongahela River named for him?

As you almost certainly didn't know, the answer is John K. Tener.

The state Senate, at the urging of Sen. Barry Stout, D-Washington, voted this week to designate the bridge carrying Route 2018 over the river, from North Charleroi to Monessen, as the "Gov. John K. Tener Memorial Bridge."

Tener, who was born in Ireland in 1863, played for several baseball teams in the 1880s, ending his career in 1890 with a long-forgotten team called the Pittsburgh Burghers and then going into the banking business in Charleroi in 1891.

At 6 feet, 4 inches tall, he stood out in a crowd. In baseball he was a pitcher and an outfielder. He was also a Republican who was elected to Congress in 1908 and then as governor in 1910.

One notable thing he did was sign a bill that gave the state the responsibility for maintaining 9,000 public roads that counties and towns had previously maintained.


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