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Gallery: Famous West Virginians

Jun. 21, 2012 @ 04:11 PM

West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.


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Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Matthew Reese (Aug. 9, 1927-Dec. 1, 1998) was recognized as a pioneer in the field of political consulting. Reese was born in Huntington and graduated from Marshall University in 1950. He was part of John F. Kennedy's primary campaign in West Virginia. In 1961, Reese joined the Democratic National Committee as deputy chairman, and in 1964, he directed get-out-the-vote efforts for Lyndon Johnson. He knew every Democratic president from Harry Truman through Bill Clinton. Reese worked on more than 450 campaigns. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marshall. He was inducted into the Marshall Business Hall of Fame in 1997.

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