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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Virginia History

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1. In 1752, Benjamin Franklin and William Hunter became the first postmasters of the United States, which included Virginia at the time. The two were appointed by the British crown and worked to establish a reliable postal system in the colonies.

2. On July 11, 1780, the Battle of Huck's Defeat took place in South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War. Although it did not occur in Virginia, many soldiers from Virginia fought in the battle and it had significant strategic implications for the war effort.

3. In 1861, the Battle of Rich Mountain took place in West Virginia, which was then part of Virginia. This battle was a Union victory and helped secure control of the region for the Union army.

4. On July 11, 1934, the Virginia State Library officially opened its doors to the public. The library was established in 1823 and is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state.

5. In 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order restoring voting rights to over 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences. This was a groundbreaking move and made Virginia the first state in the South to grant voting rights to such a large number of former felons.
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