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November 25, 2008


Former West Virginia governor

Cecil Underwood, a high school teacher who went on to hold the distinction of being West Virginia's youngest and oldest governor, died yesterday at a Charleston hospital.

Mr. Underwood was admitted to Charleston Area Medical Center on Sunday and died yesterday. Details about the cause of death were not immediately available.

Mr. Underwood became West Virginia's youngest governor when he won his first term in 1956 at the age of 34. He won his second term 40 years later on his 74th birthday.

He entered politics at the age of 22, when he successfully ran as a Republican for the state House of Delegates representing Tyler County. After serving six terms in the House, he won his first four-year term as the state's chief executive.

He fought the Democratic-controlled Legislature for four years, but was unable to run for re-election because the West Virginia Constitution then limited a governor to one four-year term.

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