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William Alexander MacCorkle
Birth: May 7, 1857
Lexington
Lexington City
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1930
Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA

West Virginia Governor. He was born near Lexington, Virginia. After briefly teaching school in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, he attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Returning to West Virginia, in 1879, he established a law practice in Charleston and also taught school. From 1880 to 1889, he served as the Kanawha County prosecuting attorney. In 1884 he married Belle Goshorn. In 1892, as the Democratic Party's candidate, he was elected governor of West Virginia. As governor, MacCorkle advocated increased funding for state institutions and improved transportation. Through an advertising program, he actively promoted the state's natural resources to attract industry. MacCorkle opposed the growing labor movement among coal miners and dispatched the state militia to break a strike. After leaving office, MacCorkle returned to his Charleston law practice. In his numerous travels, he continued to publicize the state's resources. In 1910, he was elected to the West Virginia Senate. MacCorkle was also a founder and president of the Citizens National Bank, which later merged with the Charleston National Bank. He wrote an autobiography, The Recollections of Fifty Years, which was published in 1928. He died at his home, Sunrise, in 1930. MacCorkle's mansion, Sunrise, became home to a children's museum in the early 1960s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In Charleston, a major arterial road, MacCorkle Avenue, was named for him and carries U.S. Route 60 through the area. His papers form a valuable research resource at the MacCorkle Collection of the West Virginia State History and Archives website. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 
 
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 Parents:
  William McCorkle (1817 - 1864)
  Mary Hester Morrison McCorkle (1837 - 1902)
 
 Spouse:
  Belle F. Goshorn MacCorkle (1841 - 1923)
 
 Children:
  William Goshorn MacCorkle (1882 - 1952)*
  Isabelle Brooks MacCorkle (1891 - 1926)*
  Infant Boy MacCorkle (1918 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Alexander MacCorkle (1857 - 1930)
  Alvin Dade McCorkle (1861 - 1953)*
  Willie Mae MacCorkle (1865 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Spring Hill Cemetery
Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 31, Lot 1, Grave 2
 
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Record added: May 13, 2004
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