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​"No Race can Prosper 'til it Learns that there is as much Dignity in Tilling a Field as in Writing a Poem."

   ~Booker T. Washington 
(VA born)
  April 5, 1856 -November 14, 1915
​"Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive."

~George Washington 
 Born: February 22, 1732        Westmoreland County, VA
Died: December 14, 1799  Mt Vernon, VA
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God is Good!
Notable Virginians 
This is a list of notable people who were born in the U.S. state of Virginia, were raised or lived in Virginia, or for whom Virginia is a significant part of their identity. Click on the horse.

The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the official seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. The flag of Virginia consists of the obverse of the seal against a blue background. The flag was first adopted at the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861, and standardized by the General Assembly in February 1950.The flag may be decorated with a white fringe along the fly; this is usually done when the flag is displayed indoors.
Virginia became the 10th state
 on June 25, 1788. 
Animal Mascots of the Civil War

When Johnny Reb and Billy Yank marched off to war, chances are that a four-footed or winged creature went with them. Wartime animal mascots demonstrated bravery and loyalty, and earned the affections of their human counterparts. 
 Every Virginian Has Taken The Class Field 
Trip To Colonial Williamsburg
17 Things You Need to Know About Gymnastics Star Gabby Douglas... The "Flying Squirrel" is one of Team USA's superstars.

William Clark
August 1, 1770, Ladysmith, Virginia, VA
Died: September 1, 1838, St. Louis, MO
Meriwether Lewis 
August 18, 1774, Ivy, Virginia, VA
Died: October 11, 1809, Hohenwald, TN
Richard E. Byrd
American naval officer
Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr., USN was an American naval officer and explorer. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, 

Born: October 25, 1888, Winchester, Virginia, VA
Died: March 11, 1957, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA

Admiral Richard Byrd and his dog, Igloo. Click on Igloo to see how this stray became a beloved friend of Byrd, 

Admiral Byrd is the only person to have three ticker-tape parades in New York City (in 1926, 1927 and 1930) given in his honor.
POTUS Thomas Jefferson 

Born April 13, 1743, Shadwell, VA-July 4, 1826, Monticello, VA Presidential term: 1801 –1809.

Pocahontas (c. 1595–c. 1617) was a Native American Princess, ambassador, and a peacemaker to the first American settlers. Click on her photo. 
Famous Virginians 
-Richard Arlen actor, Charlottesville
-Arthur Ashe tennis player, Richmond
-Pearl Bailey singer, Newport News
-Russell Baker columnist, Loudoun Cty
-Warren Beatty actor, Richmond
-George Bingham painter, Augusta Cty
-Richard E. Byrd polar explorer, Winchester
-Willa Cather author, Winchester
-Roy Clark country music artist, Meaherrin
-William Clark explorer, Caroline Cty
-Henry Clay statesman, Hanover Cty
-Joseph Cotten actor, Petersburg
-Ella Fitzgerald jazz singer, Newport News
-William H. Harrison U.S. president, Charles City County
-Patrick Henry statesman, Hanover Cty
-Sam Houston political leader, Rockbridge Cty
-Thomas Jefferson U.S. president, Shadwell
-Robert E. Lee Confederate general, Stratford
-Meriwether Lewis explorer, Ambemarle Cty
-Shirley MacLaine actress, Richmond
-James Madison U.S. president, Port Conway
-John Marshall jurist, Germantown
-Cyrus Hall McCormick inventor, Rockbridge Cty
-James Monroe U.S. president, Westmoreland
-Opechancanough Powhatan leader
-John Payne actor, Roanoke
-Walter Reed army surgeon, Gloucester Cty
-Matthew Ridgway Army Chief of Staff, Fort Monroe
-Bill Bojangles Robinson dancer, Richmond
-George C. Scott actor, Wise
-Sam Snead golfer, Hot Springs
-James Jeb Stuart Confederate army officer, Patrick Cty
-Thomas Sumter General, Hanover Cty
-Zachary Taylor U.S. president, Orange Cty
-Nat Turner leader of slave uprising, Southhampton Cty
-John Tyler U.S. president, Charles City
-Booker T. Washington educator, Franklin Cty
-George Washington first U.S. president, Westmoreland
-James E. West inventor, Prince Edward Cty
-Woodrow Wilson U.S. president, Staunton
Pearl Mae Bailey
March 29, 1918
Newport News, Virginia, 
DiedAugust 17, 1990 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 14, 1915        Tuskegee, AL
George Washington Quotes
James Madison 
 American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher and Founding Father who served as the 4th president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.
Born: March 16, 1751, Belle Grove, VA
Died: June 28, 1836, James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station, VA
Thomas Woodrow Wilson 
politician, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election.
Born: December 28, 1856, Staunton, VA
Died: February 3, 1924, The President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, D.C.
Shirley MacLaine
 is an American film, television, and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, and author.
Born April 24, 1934  Richmond, VA

Walter Reed
Born: September 13, 1851, Gloucester County, VA
Died: November 22, 1902, Washington, D.C.

Major Walter Reed, M.D., U.S. Army, was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that confirmed the theory of the Cuban doctor Carlos Finlay that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact.
George Campbell Scott
stage and film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton. 
Born: October 18, 1927, Wise, VA
Died: September 22, 1999, Westlake Village, CA
William Henry Harrison was an American military officer and politician who served as the 9th president of the United States in 1841. He died of typhoid, pneumonia or paratyphoid fever 31 days into his term, becoming the first president to die in office. 

Born: February 9, 1773, Berkeley Plantation, VA
-April 4, 1841, The White House, Washington, DC
The state that produced the most U.S. presidents is Virginia.
 The eight men that were born there are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. Very close behind Virginia is Ohio, which produced seven presidents: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Taft, and Warren Harding.
Thomas Jefferson owned a mockingbird; two bear cubs, a gift from Lewis and Clark

United States presidential pets. 
Click on POTUS Zachary Taylor, born  November 24, 1784, Barboursville, VA
Died: July 9, 1850, The White House, Washington, D.C.
When the former Major General of the US Army moved into the White House,Taylor took his beloved warhorse Old Whitey with him. It’s said that Old Whitey would often graze in the White House lawn and it was common for visitors to pluck a hair or two for a lovely parting gift.
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.
 (July 10, 1943 -Feb 6, 1993)  Richmond, VA

He was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team, and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the 
Australian Open. 
From small towns and scenic roads to mountain vistas and beaches, Virginia has it all.
Clarence Clemons
January 11, 1942
Norfolk County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJune 18, 2011
West Palm Beach, Florida,

American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death in 2011, he was the saxophonist for The E Street Band. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the 
E Street Band.