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Raleigh County

Raleigh County was established on January 23, 1850, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly, with Beckley as its county seat. The county’s founder, Alfred Beckley (1802–88), a West Point graduate, named the county after Sir Walter Raleigh, and the town after his father, John James Beckley, first clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and first Librarian of Congress.

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