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Northam was born in the town ofonon September 13, 1959.He and his older brother of two years, Thomas, were raised on a water-side farm, just outside.The family grew a variety of crops and tended livestock on their seventy-five-acre (30ha) property.As a teenager, Northam worked on a ferry toand as a deckhand on; he also worked on a neighbor’s farm and as aat Meatland.He and Thomas attendedpublic schools.Northam graduated from Onancock High School, where his class was predominately African American.
Northam’s mother, Nancy B. Shearer, was originally fromShe was a part-time nurse at Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital, and her father was a surgeon.Nancy Shearer died in 2009.Northam’s father, Wescott B. Northam, served as aand is a veteran of; he entered politics in the 1960s, serving three terms asfor. After losing election to a fourth term, Wescott Northam was appointed as ajudge for Accomack andcounties.Wescott Northam’s own father, Thomas Long Northam, had served as a judge in the same court.
Thomas Long Northam died when Wescott Northam was only fourteen, and a few years later, the family farm in, where Wescott had been born, was sold.The farm had first come into the family through Ralph Northam’s great-great-grandfather, James, who along with his son, Levi Jacob, had owned one of whom, Raymond Northam, was freed to enlist in the(,). Ralph Northam was unaware of his family’s slave-owning history until his father conducted research into their ancestry during the time of Northam’s gubernatorial campaign. Upon learning about this part of his family’s history, Northam said, “The news that my ancestors owned slaves disturbs and saddens me, but the topic of slavery has always bothered me. My family’s complicated story is similar to Virginia’s complex history. We’re a progressive state, but we once had the largest number of slaves in the union.”
In high school, Northam was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”and graduated as.He was a member of his school’sand baseball teams.Northam graduated from the(VMI) in 1981, where he served as president of VMI’s honor court and received a bachelor’s degree in biology.He became only the second Governor of Virginia to have graduated from VMI, the first since(class of 1877, elected governor in 1917