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Clarence W. Meadows

Born: Feb 11, 1904

Death: Sep 12, 1961

Birthplace: Beckley

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Clarence W. Meadows

Date of Birth : Feb 11, 1904
Date of Death : Sep 12, 1961
Birth Place : Beckley

Clarence Watson Meadows was the 22nd Governor of West Virginia from 1945 to 1949. Meadows was born and raised in Beckley. As a youth, he showed a passion for public speaking, and his parents attempted to direct him toward a career as a Baptist minister. However, Meadows was instead drawn toward the stage and, after receiving a degree from Washington and Lee University, he became active in his hometown's theater troupe. Meadows received a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1927 and subsequently entered into an active career in politics. In 1930, Meadows won in his first run for elective office, as he entered the West Virginia House of Delegates for a single term. He chose not to run for reelection, but instead successfully earned a position as Raleigh County District Attorney. In 1936, Meadows entered state politics, as he one his first of two terms as West Virginia Attorney General. Because of his cantor and honest disposition, Meadows became one of the most respected politicians in the state. In 1942, he accepted an appointment as a judge for the state's Tenth Judicial Circuit.


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