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Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Beckley

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. Beckley Marker
Inscription.  Created Apr. 4, 1838. Named for John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives in the terms of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. General Alfred Beckley, his son, had home, “Park Place,” later known as “Wildwood,” built here in 1835.
 
Erected 1966 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Location. 37° 46.607′ N, 81° 11.148′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is at the intersection of South Kanawha Street (West Virginia Route 210) and Vale Street and School Street, on the right when traveling west on South Kanawha Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 S Kanawha St, Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Attar Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Raleigh County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eccles Mine Explosions (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Beckley
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By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
2. Beckley Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Superintendent's House (approx. ¾ mile away); Alfred Beckley / Wildwood (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for John Beckley. Excerpt:
When the position of Librarian was established on January 26, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson asked his friend and political ally John Beckley—who also was serving as the Clerk of the House of Representatives—to fill the post. Beckley served concurrently in both positions until his death in 1807.[6] He associated with the radicals (especially fellow immigrants) and became an enthusiastic supporter of the French Revolution. He wrote frequently for Philip Freneau’s National Gazette and Benjamin Bache’s General Advertiser, becoming known as an articulate exponent of American republicanism. He used the press energetically to denounce Hamilton and the Federalists as crypto-monarchists whose corruption was subversive of American values.
(Submitted on August 21, 2019.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Alfred Beckley. excerpt:
Alfred Beckley (1802–1888) was the founder of Beckley, West Virginia, and a Brigadier General in the Virginia
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militia during the American Civil War. He named the city of Beckley in honor of his father, John James Beckley, who was the first librarian of the United States Congress.
(Submitted on August 21, 2019.) 
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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