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October 31, 1877: Herman Guy Kump was born in Capon Springs


Herman Guy Kump (October 31, 1877-February 14, 1962) was the 19th governor of West Virginia. He was born in Capon Springs, Hampshire County, the son of Margaret Rudolph and Benjamin Franklin Kump. He grew up on a 500-acre farm devoted to stock raising. Educated in local schools through the eighth grade, Kump then attended Shenandoah Normal School near Winchester, Virginia. As a young man, he taught two terms in his former school in Hampshire County, worked briefly as a deputy county clerk,...

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