Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Michael Late Benedum (July 16, 1869-July 30, 1959) was born in Bridgeport and was a successful businessman in the oil and gas industries. His longest lasting impact though is the foundation he created named after his only child, who died in World War I of influenza. In 1944, Michael Benedum established the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, which remains a major philanthropic organization a half-century later. Today, the Pittsburgh-based charity continues his generosity and, honoring his wishes, directs much of its philanthropy to West Virginia.
Gallery: Famous West Virginians
Jun. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.