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July 14, 1990: Hulett Smith married Nancy Pat Hamilton Lewis


Hulett Carlson Smith (October 21, 1918-January 15, 2012) was West Virginia’s 27th governor. Born in Beckley, Smith grew up in the world of business and politics. His father, Joe L. Smith, a newspaper publisher and bank president, was mayor of Beckley, a state senator, U.S. congressman, and chairman of the state Democratic Party. Hulett graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1934. In 1938, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Smith married Mary Ali...

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