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The "Commonwealth of Virginia or simply Virginia (named after "Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the Virgin Queen), is a "U.S. state located in the "Southern United States and "Mid-Atlantic States. It is one of four "states that use the name "commonwealth. It is the "12th most populous state.

The "Colony of Virginia was the first part of "the Americas to be colonized permanently by England—laying the foundation for the "British Empire—and was nicknamed the Old Dominion by "King Charles II. It is one of the "original thirteen colonies of the "United States and was the tenth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. In 1861, Virginia was the eighth state to secede from the Union and its capital, Richmond, became the national capital of the Confederate States of America.

Virginia is known as the "Mother of Presidents", because it is the birthplace of eight "U.S. presidents ("George Washington, "Thomas Jefferson, "James Madison, "James Monroe, "William Henry Harrison, "John Tyler, "Zachary Taylor, and "Woodrow Wilson), more than any other state, including four out of the first five, six out of the first ten, seven out of the first twelve, and eight of the first twenty-eight. Virginia has also been known as the "Mother of States", because portions of the original Colony subsequently became "Kentucky, "Indiana, "Illinois, and "West Virginia as well as some portions of "Ohio.

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""A Chincoteague pony
The "Chincoteague Pony, also known as the Assateague horse, is a "breed of "pony that developed and lives in a "feral condition on "Assateague Island in the United States states of "Virginia and "Maryland. The breed was made famous by the "Misty of Chincoteague series written by "Marguerite Henry starting in 1947. While "phenotypically horse-like, they are commonly called "ponies". This is due in part to their smaller stature, created by the poor habitat present on Assateague Island. Island Chincoteagues live on a diet of "salt marsh plants and brush. Although popularly known as Chincoteague ponies, the "feral ponies actually live on Assateague Island.

Several legends are told regarding their origins, the most likely that they descend from stock released on the island by colonists looking to escape livestock laws and taxes on the mainland. In 1835, the practice of "pony penning began, rounding up ponies and removing some of them to the mainland. In 1924 the first official "Pony Penning Day" was held by the "Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, where ponies were auctioned as a way to raise money for fire equipment, an annual event that continues to the present day.

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"John Warfield Johnston (1818 – 1889) was an American lawyer and politician from "Abingdon, Virginia. He served in the "Virginia State Senate, and represented "Virginia in the "United States Senate when the state was readmitted after the "American Civil War. He was United States Senator for thirteen years; in national politics, he was a "Democrat.

Johnston had been ineligible to serve in Congress because of the "Fourteenth Amendment, which forbade anyone from holding public office who had sworn allegiance to the United States and subsequently sided with the "Confederacy during the Civil War. However, his restrictions were removed at the suggestion of the "Freedmen's Bureau when he aided a sick and dying former slave after the War. He was the first person who had sided with the Confederacy to serve in the United States Senate.

He was caught in the middle during the debate over the "Arlington Memorial. Johnston was an outspoken opponent of the Texas-Pacific Bill, a sectional struggle for control of railroads in the South, which figured in the "Compromise of 1877. He was also an outspoken Funder during Virginia's heated debate as to how much of its pre-War debt the state ought to have been obliged to pay back. The controversy culminated in the formation of "Readjuster Party and the appointment of "William Mahone as its leader; this marked the end of Johnston's career in the Senate.

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Upper Cascades at the Cascades National Scenic Trail in "Giles County, Virginia

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  • Capital: "Richmond, Virginia
  • Total area: 110,862 sq.mi
  • Highest elevation: 5,729 ft ("Mount Rogers)
  • Population (2010 census) 8,001,024
  • Date Virginia joined the united States: June 25, 1788

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"Topics "Rivers | "Governors | "Colony | "Rights | "Homes | "Colleges & Universities | "Counties | "People
"Regions "Appomattox Basin | "Eastern Shore | "Middle Peninsula | "Northern Neck | "Northern Virginia | "Piedmont | "Ridge-and-valley Appalachians | "Shenandoah Valley | "Southside Virginia | "Southwest Virginia | "Tidewater
"Metros "Abingdon | "Blacksburg | "Bluefield | "Bristol | "Charlottesville | "Culpeper | "Danville | "Fredericksburg | "Front Royal | "Harrisonburg | "Leesburg | "Lynchburg | "Martinsville | "Marion | "Poquoson | "Radford | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Staunton | "Suffolk | "Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads | "Warrenton | "Washington, D.C./Northern | "Waynesboro | "Williamsburg | "Winchester | "Wytheville
"Counties "Accomack | "Albemarle | "Alleghany | "Amelia | "Amherst | "Appomattox | "Arlington | "Augusta | "Bath | "Bedford | "Bland | "Botetourt | "Brunswick | "Buchanan | "Buckingham | "Campbell | "Caroline | "Carroll | "Charles City | "Charlotte | "Chesterfield | "Clarke | "Craig | "Culpeper | "Cumberland | "Dickenson | "Dinwiddie | "Essex | "Fairfax | "Fauquier | "Floyd | "Fluvanna | "Franklin | "Frederick | "Giles | "Gloucester | "Goochland | "Grayson | "Greene | "Greensville | "Halifax | "Hanover | "Henrico | "Henry | "Highland | "Isle of Wight | "James City | "King and Queen | "King George | "King William | "Lancaster | "Lee | "Loudoun | "Louisa | "Lunenburg | "Madison | "Mathews | "Mecklenburg | "Middlesex | "Montgomery | "Nelson | "New Kent | "Northampton | "Northumberland | "Nottoway | "Orange | "Page | "Patrick | "Pittsylvania | "Powhatan | "Prince Edward | "Prince George | "Prince William | "Pulaski | "Rappahannock | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Rockbridge | "Rockingham | "Russell | "Scott | "Shenandoah | "Smyth | "Southampton | "Spotsylvania | "Stafford | "Surry | "Sussex | "Tazewell | "Warren | "Washington | "Westmoreland | "Wise | "Wythe | "York
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"Alexandria | "Bedford | "Bristol | "Buena Vista | "Charlottesville | "Chesapeake | "Colonial Heights | "Covington |"Danville | "Emporia | "Fairfax | "Falls Church | "Franklin | "Fredericksburg | "Galax | "Hampton | "Harrisonburg | "Hopewell | "Lexington | "Lynchburg | "Manassas | "Manassas Park | "Martinsville | "Newport News | "Norfolk | "Norton | "Petersburg | "Poquoson |

"Portsmouth | "Radford | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Salem | "Staunton | "Suffolk | "Virginia Beach | "Waynesboro | "Williamsburg | "Winchester

"Colleges & Universities "Appalachian School of Law | "Averett University | "Bluefield College | "Bridgewater College | "Christendom College | "Christopher Newport University | "College of William and Mary | "Emory and Henry College | "Ferrum College | "George Mason University | "George Washington University Virginia Campus | "Hampden-Sydney College | "Hampton University | "Hollins University | "James Madison University | "Liberty University | "Longwood University | "Marine Corps University | "Mary Baldwin College | "Marymount University | "Norfolk State University | "Old Dominion University | "Radford University | "Randolph-Macon College | "Randolph-Macon Woman's College | "Regent University | "Roanoke College | "Saint Paul's College | "Shenandoah University | "Southern Virginia University | "Sweet Briar College | "University of Mary Washington | "University of Richmond | "University of Virginia | "University of Virginia's College at Wise | "Virginia Commonwealth University | "Virginia Community College System | "Virginia Intermont College | "Virginia Military Institute | "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | "Virginia State University | "Virginia Union University | "Virginia Wesleyan College | "Washington and Lee University | "Westwood College Of Technology


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