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August 05, 1967: Joe Manchin married Gayle Conelly


Senator Joseph ‘‘Joe’’ Anthony Manchin III was born August 24, 1947, in Fairmont. He grew up in the Marion County town of Farmington, where he worked in his grandfather’s store, Manchin Grocery, and his father’s furniture store.

After graduation from Farmington High School in 1965, Joe Manchin went to West Virginia University on a football scholarship, but a knee injury ended his playing days. In 196...

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