Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

10-Term House Member Otis Leggett Dies at 97

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

10-Term House Member Otis Leggett Dies at 97

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Otis Leggett, a former educator and former Republican delegate from Pleasants County, died on Monday. He was 97. Growing up on a remote farm in Doddridge County, Leggett was one of nine children and was the first and only of the nine to graduate high school, according to a 2016 interview with the Gazette-Mail. He attended Glenville State University, which he paid for by selling his calf. Tuition at the time was $32. Leggett also earned a master's degree from West Virginia University.

He began his teaching career at a one-room school in Upper Arnold's Creek. His wife, Anerl, also was a schoolteacher and the couple later took a posting at a two-room school, where he became a teaching-principal. He later served as superintendent of Ritchie County schools.

Leggett took jobs at bigger schools from there, including principal at Park Junior High in Pleasants County and then an elementary school in St. …

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