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Kaufman, Paul J., 1920-1980



  • Existence: 1920-1980

Paul J. Kaufman was born in Charleston, West Virginia on March 16, 1920, the son of Sydney and Sylvia Kaufman. He was educated in Kanawha County public schools and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1942. He served with the United States Coast Guard from 1942-1946. After his military service, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 1948 and a Juris Doctor in 1972.

Kaufman served as a West Virginia State Senator from 1960 to 1968, during which time he sponsored legislation for human rights and tax reform and helped draft the state’s first black lung legislation for coal miners. He also founded West Virginia Legal Aid and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund and was a member of numerous civic and environmental organizations.

He married Rose Jean Leavinson on May 31, 1951. Together they had three sons, Tod, Tim and Steven. Kaufman, his wife and his son Steven were killed in a car accident on December 28, 1980.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Congress for Appalachian Development: Gordon Ebersole Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-74
Arrangement The collection includes maps, publications, and numerous photographs. Maps have been stored with the archives' map collection and photographs in the photographic storage area. Frequently used publications have been placed in the archives' vertical file for more immediate accessibility. Other publications remain with the collection.The addition contains material which falls within the following existing series/subseries: Subseries 1.3, Congress for Appalachian Development Activities...
Dates: 1929-1977

Paul J. Kaufman Papers

 Collection — Box: B (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-79
Scope and Contents The papers of Paul J. Kaufman consist of speeches and legal documents that reflect his involvement in environmental issues and development of Southern Appalachia, especially West Virginia.
Dates: 1966-2011; 1966-1976