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George Rawlings Jr. dies at age 87

Former Del. George Rawlings Jr., a Fredericksburg attorney, died yesterday at Mary Washington Hospital.

Rawlings began his law practice in Fredericksburg in 1947, reports The Free Lance-Star. A liberal Democrat, Rawlings was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1963 and served until 1969. He served on the Democratic National Committee until 1980 and was chairman of the Eighth District Democratic Committee until 1993.

His legal career of 53 years ended in 2000 when he was caught stealing money from a trust account. He pleaded guilty to embezzlement and received a suspended five-year sentence.

He is preceeded in death by his two sons, Chance and Chris, who both died of cystic fibrosis in their 20s.

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