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A history of Virginia inaugurations

The list of governors in the Commonwealth of Virginia includes Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, as well as Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor anywhere in the United States. Take a closer look at how Virginia's leaders took the reins of power.

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SOURCES: Brent Tarter, interview and article "If the Ritual Doesn't Change, the Times Do" in Virginia Cavalcade; A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America by James Horn; Love & Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas and The Start of a New Nation by David A. Price; GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Fredrick Kunkle and Christopher Dean Hopkins - The Washington Post
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