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June 21, 1956: Cousin Abe Lilly died in Charleston


Attorney General Armistead Abraham ‘‘Cousin Abe’’ Lilly (March 25, 1878-June 21, 1956) was born at Jumping Branch, Summers County, the son of Robert G. and Virginia Lilly. He was raised in Raleigh County, attended Concord College, and graduated from the Southern Normal University in Tennessee, from which he received his law degree in 1900. That same year he entered into the practice of law in Beckley and was elected to the West Virg...

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