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William C. Marland

William C. MarlandAKA William Casey Marland

Born: 26-Mar-1918
Birthplace: Johnston City, IL
Died: 26-Nov-1965
Location of death: Barrington, IL
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered)

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of West Virginia, 1953-57

Military service: US Navy (WWII, Lt.)

Discovered in 1965 by a Chicago news reporter working for the Flash Taxicab Company as a driver and living in a rented room in the basement of the YMCA -- only eight years after having been Governor. His explanation is that he had "got drunk." Marland actually enjoyed being a taxi driver, explaining that it was his ambition in politics which likely drove him to drink. Soon after the story made the national papers, he gained employment for a wealthy racetrack owner, but he succumbed to pancreatic cancer later that same year.

Wife: Valerie Allen (until his death, d. 1977 fire, three children)

    University: University of Alabama
    Law School: West Virginia University

    Governor of West Virginia (1953-57)
    Attorney General of West Virginia (1949-52)
    West Virginia State Official Asst. Attorney General (1948-49)
    Law Clerk to the US District Court, District of Southern West Virginia
    American Legion
    Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
    Loyal Order of Moose
    Order of the Coif
    Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    West Virginia State Bar
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

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