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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.
The "Chincoteague Pony
, also known as the Assateague horse
, is a "breed
that developed and lives in a "feral
condition on "Assateague Island
in the United States states of "Virginia
. 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.
"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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- ... that the "Appomattox Court House National Historical Park has a "Court-house (pictured), "Tavern, "Jail, "Store and "Prizery, the "Bocock-Isbell, "McLean, "Peers and "Wright houses, the "Sweeney and "Sweeney-Conner cabins, the "Jones and "Woodson law offices, "ruins and "cemeteries?
- ... that the "Port Royal, Virginia, "Horne's restaurant is the last remaining of the former chain?...
- ... that "William Berkeley, a colonial Governor of "Virginia is buried at "St Mary's, "Twickenham, London, encased in lead exactly fitted to the shape of his body?
- 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
- Governor: "Terry McAuliffe (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: "Ralph Northam (D)
- Attorney General: "Mark Herring (D)
- "Senators: "Tim Kaine (D), "Mark Warner (D)
- "Representatives: "Rob Wittman (R-1st), "Scott Rigell (R-2nd), "Robert C. Scott (D-3rd), "Randy Forbes (R-4th), "Robert Hurt (R-5th), "Bob Goodlatte (R-6th), "Eric Cantor (R-7th), "Jim Moran (D-8th), "Morgan Griffith (R-9th), "Frank Wolf (R-10th), "Gerry Connolly (D-11th)
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