Thomas S. Tull, right, British consul general at Philadelphia, presents the insignia and certificate of honorary membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to its first American recipient, Sister Mary Margaret, R.S.M., a patient at Mercy Hospital. Holding the citation is Dr. Walter J. Larkin and in back is Sister Mary Georgia, R.S.M. Times-Tribune File
Fifty years ago, Sister Mary Margaret was honored by Queen Elizabeth II with honorary membership in Order of the British Empire. Sister Mary received this honor for her years of service working and later running a hospital for lepers in British Guiana.
Over the past two centuries, Northeast Pennsylvania has played host to seemingly hundreds of US Presidents and candidates hoping to earn the job.
The region played a small but memorable role in history just 10 years ago when John Kerry, hoping for a shot at the White House, chose Scranton as his first stop after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in Boston.