Jennings Randolph Center for Public Service
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The house was the home of the family of U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia. It originally was located on Main Street next to the Post Office, near the intersection of Main and Valley Streets. It was moved to a location on the Salem Campus in 1985.
The Senator was born in Salem West Virginia on March 8, 1902; attended the public schools; and graduated from the Salem Academy in 1920, and from Salem College in 1924. He served seven terms in the House of Representatives and later was elected to the United States Senate where he completed five terms before retiring in 1985.
Senator Randolph was instrumental in building the aviation industry in West Virginia. A staunch supporter of civil rights and author of the twenty-sixth amendment of the Constitution, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, the Senator was a vigorous advocate for the founding of the United States Center for Peace.
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