Cecil H. Underwood

American politician (1922-2008)

Cecil Harland Underwood (November 5, 1922 – November 24, 2008) was an American Republican Party politician.[2]

Cecil H. Underwood
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Underwood from The Monticola (1959)
25th & 32nd Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 15, 2001
Preceded byGaston Caperton
Succeeded byBob Wise
In office
January 14, 1957 – January 16, 1961
Preceded byWilliam C. Marland
Succeeded byWilliam Wallace Barron
Personal details
Cecil Harland Underwood

(1922-11-05)November 5, 1922
Josephs Mills, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedNovember 24, 2008(2008-11-24) (aged 86)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage and congestive heart failure[1]
Political partyRepublican
Hovah Hall Underwood
(m. 1948; died 2004)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

He was the 25th and 32nd Governor of West Virginia from 1957 to 1961, and from 1997 to 2001.

Underwood was both the youngest and the oldest person ever to serve as Governor of West Virginia.[3] He was a Methodist.[4]


  1. "Former Gov. Cecil Underwood has died at 86". Charleston Daily Mail. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  2. "West Virginia mourns Underwood". Herald-Dispatch. November 24, 2008.
  3. Beverly, Steve and Chris Tufts. "First-Ever Central Character On "To Tell The Truth" Dies At 86". Daily Game Show Fix.
  4. "West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood - profile". National Governors Association. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01.