John K. Tener, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1911-1915.
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Oil on canvas of John Tener wearing a suit.

Credit: Courtesy of Capitol Preservation Committee and John Rudy Photography

Born in Ireland and raised in Pittsburgh, John Tener grew up to be a big man. At 6-foot-4, he was the tallest major leaguer when he joined the Chicago White Sox in 1888. Tener’s career in professional baseball was short, but he would go on to become a successful banker, member of Congress, the governor of Pennsylvania, and Commissioner of Major League Baseball. As governor he championed the paving of rural roads and fought against illegal sports wagering.

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