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Beckley is a city of 17,254 people in West Virginia. It was founded in 1838 and named for John J Beckley, the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress.

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  1. Beckley was named in honor of John James Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress.
  2. During the presidential primaries of 1960, the vehicles of rivals John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey stopped at the same streetcorner in Beckley. Recognizing each other, the two men got out and chatted briefly.
  3. Beckley is well known for two major tourist attractions: The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Tamarack.
  4. Chris Sarandon, an American actor and voice actor, was born in Beckley.

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