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Governor Gaston Caperton

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Office Dates:  Jan 16, 1989 - Jan 13, 1997

Born:  Feb 21, 1940

Birth State:  West Virginia

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Rachael Worby; two children

School(s):  University of North Carolina

GASTON CAPERTON was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of North Carolina and then worked at a small, family-owned insurance company. He became president of McDonough Caperton Insurance Group in 1976. He was elected to his first term as governor in 1989 and was reelected in 1992. During his tenure as governor, he initiated a $290 million school construction and renovation program that improved more than 470 schools and built 39 new ones.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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