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LeRoy Kramer and Joseph Snyder, members House of Delegates, and
Ralph L. Berkshire, William Price, James Evans, and Dr. D. B. Dor-
sey, delegates.

3.7ft both Wheeling Conventions: —

LeRoy Kramer, Joseph Snyder, William Price, James Evans, Dr. D. B.
Dorsey.

4.1ft the Constitutional Convention: — ■
Waitman T. Willey ,and Henry Dering.

MONROE COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention : —
No representation.

MORGAN COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention : —
Joseph S. Wheat.



*Was admitted to a seat January 21, 1S62. See "Journal of the Convention"
p. 101.



3 908] County Representation in Making West Virginia. 211

mcdowell county.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
J. P. Hoback.

NICHOLAS COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
John R. McCutchen.

OHIO COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

L. S. Dellaplain, J. R. Steifel,* Gibson Lamb Cranmer, Alfred Cald-
well, John McClure, Jr., Andrew Wilson, eorge Forbes, A. J. Woods.t
Thomas H. Logan, James S. Wheat, George W. Norton, N. H. Gar-
rison, E. Buchanan.t John Pierson.t E. McCaslin.t A. B. Caldwell, t
John R. Hubbard.t A. F. Ross,$ William B. Curtis.t John C. Hoff-
man,:;: J. C. Orr,l Perry Whitten.l H. Armstrong, P. Witham, John
Steiner, Daniel Lamb, Chester D. Hubbard, S. H. Woodward,
James W. Paxton, A. A. Handlan,§ Stephen Waterhouse, George
T. Tingle, Jacob Hornbrook, L. D. Waitt,ff John K. Botsford, George
Bowers, Robert Crangle, J. M. Bickle.tt James Paul, Jacob Berger,**
A. Bedillion, Sr., and Somuel McCulloch, John Steiner.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

Thomas H. Logan, and Andrew Wilson, members of House of Delegates,
and George Harrison, Daniel Lamb, James W. Paxton, and Chester
D. Hubbard, delegates.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —

Thomas Logan, Andrew Wilson, Daniel Lamb, Chester D. Hubbard.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —

James W. Paxton, Daniel Lamb, Gordon Battelle, and A. F. Ross.

PENDLETON COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
John L. Boggs.



*The "Intelligencer" has it .T. L.

tThe "Intelligenoer" has it A. P.

+The "Intelligencer" does not have names marked thus.

"The "Intelligencer" has it Stover.

§The "Intelligencer" has it Handlin.

ttThe "Intelligencer" has it Wait.

t+The "Intelligencer" has it Rickell.

**The "Intelligencer" has it Barger.



212 Archives and History. [W. Va.

PLEASANTS COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

Friend Cochran, Robert Parker, R. A. Cramer, and James W. Will} mi-
son.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —

James W. Williamson, member House of Delegates, and C. W. Smith,
delegate.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —
James W. Williamson.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Joseph Hubbs.

POCAHONTAS COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Dr. D. W. Gibson.

PRESTON COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: — ■

Harrison Hagans, R. C. Crooks, W. H. King, James W. Brown. Charles
Hooton, Summers McCrum, William B. Zinn, W. T. Brown, Reuben
Morris, D. A. Letzinger, John Howard, G. H. Kidd, James A. Brown,
and William P. Fortney.
2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

- Charles Hooten and William B. Zinn, members House of Delegates, and
William B. Crane, John Howard, Harrison Hagans, John J. Brown,
delegates.
?.. In both Wheeling Conventions : —
Charles Hooton and John Howard.
4. In the Constitutional Convention: —
John J. Brown and John Dille.

PUTNAM COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : — ■

George C. Bowyer, member House of Delegates, and Dudley S. Mon-
tague, delegate.*

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Dudley S. Montague.

RALEIGH COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.



•Another delegate from this county qualified and took his seat August 12th
1861, but his name has not been ascertained. — T. A. L.



1908] County Representation in Making West Viegixia. 213

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention : —
Stephen M. Hansley.

RANDOLPH COUXTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: — ■
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —

Solomon Parsons and Samuel Crane, delegates from Randolph-Tucker
Delegate District.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Josiah Simmons.

RITCHIE COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: —

Noah Rexroad, D. Rexroad, J. P. Harris, and A. C. Cole.
2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

William Douglas, a delegate.
3. In the Constitutional Convention: —

Andrew J. Wilson.

ROANE COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: —
Irwin C. Stump.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —
T. A. Roberts.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
H. D. Chapman.

TAYLOR COUNTY.

l.In the First Wheeling Convention: —

J. Means, J. M. Wilson, T. Kennedy, Thomas Cather, John S. Burdett,
J. J. Allen, B. Bailey, George R. Latham, T. T. Monroe, and J. J.
Warren.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

Thomas Cather, senator, and Lemuel E. Dividson, member House of
Delegates, and John S. Burdett and Samuel B. Todd, delegates.

3. In hoth Wheeling Conventions: —
John S. Burdett.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: — ■
Harmon Sinsel.

TUCKER COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention : —

Solomon Parsons and Samuel Crane, from Randolph-Tucker Delegate
District.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
James W. Parsons.



214 Archives and History. [W. Va.

TYLER COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

Daniel D. Johnson, Daniel Sweeney, V. Smith., W. B. Kerr, J. M. John-
son, S. H. Hawkins, D. King, William Pritchard, J. C. Parker, James
M. Smith, and Isaac Davis.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

William J. Boreman, member House of Delegates, from the Doddridge-
Tyler Delegate District, and Daniel D. Johnson and James A. Foley,
delegates.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —
Daniel D. Johnson.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Abram D. Soper.

TJPSHUR COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
W. H. Williams, and C. P. Rohrbaugh.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

Daniel D. T. Farnsworth, member of the House of Delegates, and John
L. Smith and John Love, delegates.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Richard L. Brooks.

WAYNE COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

William W. Brumfield, C. Spurlock, F. Moore, William H. Copley, and
Walter Queen.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

William Ratcliffe, member House of Delegates, William W. Brumfield
and William Copley, delegates.
Z.In both Wheeling Conventions: —

William W. Brumfield and William Copley.
A. In the Constitutional Convention: —

William W. Brumfield.

WEBSTER COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention : —
No representation.

WETZEL COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

F. E. Williams, Joseph Murphy, Elijah Morgan, William Burrows, B. T.

Bowers, J. R. Brown. J. M. Bell, Jacob Young, Reuben Martin, R.

Reed, Sr., Richard Cook, A. McEldowney, B. Van Camp, John Mc-

Claskey, S. Stephens, R. W. Lauck, John Thomas McQuown, George

. W. Bier, William D. Walker, R. S. Sayers, and John Alley.



1908] County Representation in Making West Virginia. 215

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

James G. West, a member of the House of Delegates, and Reuben Mar-
tin and James P. Ferrell, delegates.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —
Reuben Martin.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —
R. W. Lauck.

WIRT COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
Henry Newman, E. T. Graham, and B. Ball.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

James A. Williamson, member f the House of Delegates, and Henry
Newman and E. T. Graham, delegates.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —
Henry Newman and E. T. Graham.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —
Benjamin F. Stewart.

WOOD COUNTY.

2. In the First Wheeling Convention: —

S. L. A. Burche, John Jay Jackson, Sr., J. D. Ingram, A. Laughlin,
Wellington Vroman, J. C. Rathbone, G. E. Smith, D. K. Baylor, M.
Woods, Andrew Alls, Joseph Dagg, Jr., N. W. Warlow, Peter Riddle,
John Paugh, T. E. McPherson, Thomas Leach, S. S. Spencer, E. Deem,
N. H.j Colson, A. Hinckley, Bennett Cook, George W. Henderson,
George Loomis, J. D. Padgett, S. D. Compton, S. M. Peterson, G.
H. Ralston, V. A. Dunbar, A. R. Dye, W. H. Baker, William Johnson,
Jr., Dr. Jesse Burche, S. Ogden, Sardis Cole; P. Reed, John McKib-
ben, W. Athey, C. Hunter, R .H. Burke, W. P. Davis, George Compton,
C. M. Cole, Roger Tiffins, Edward Holt, W. B. Caswell, Peter Dils,
W. F. Henry, A. C. McKinsey, Rufus Kinnard, John Jay Jackson, Jr.,
J. J. Neal, J. G. Blackford, Henry Cole, W. E. Stevenson, C. J. Neal,
T. Hunter, M. P. Amiss, J. Barnett, T. S. Conley, Jesse Murdock, J.
Burche, J. Morrison, A. H. Hatcher, A. Mather, C. B. Smith, Arthur
Drake, H. Rider, B. H. Bukey, John W. Moss, and R. S. Smith.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convention: —

John W. Moss, member of the House of Delegates, and Arthur I. Bore-
man, and Peter G. Van Winkle, delegates.

3. In both Wheeling Conventions: —
John W. Moss.

4. In the Constitutional Convention: —

Peter G. Van Winkle and William Erskine Stevenson.

WYOMING COUNTY.

1. In the First Wheeling Convention: —
No representation.

2. In the Second Wheeling Convent :on: —
No representation.

3. In the Constitutional Convention: —
William Walker.



APPENDIX VII.



FIRST STATE OFFICIALS OF "WEST VIRGINIA-THEIR
NOMINATION, ELECTION AND INAUGURATION.



Early in the year 1863, it became evident to all that West
Virginia would be admitted into the Union, and this meant officials
for the New State. On the evening of February 19, 1863 — the day
before the final adjournment of the Constitutional Convention —
a meeting was held in Wheeling for the purpose of taking the in-
itiative in having a general convention of delegates from all th >
counties to nominate candidates for State officers at the election
soon to be held under the new Constitution. Judge Abram D.
Soper, of Tyler county, then President of the Constitutional Con-
vention presided, and prominent men from all over the proposed
State were present. A resolution was adopted recommending to
the people of each of the forty-eight counties of the New State to
appoint delegates to meet in Convention at Parkersburg, on the
first Wednesday after *the expiration of ten days from the date ol
the proclamation by the President declaring West Virginia a State
in the Union.

The Unconditional Union Convention : — The people acted upon
this recommendation, and delegates were selected accordingly, to the
Convention to assemble at Parkersburg, May 6, 1863. Cabell
county, at a convention at Barboursville, selected delegates thereto,
on the 27th of March ; Brooke County, April 2d ; Tyler April 3rd ;
Braxton April 7th ; Preston April 13th ; Lewis April 13th ; Harrison
April 13th; Pleasants April 14th; Hancock April 14th; Wetzel
April 18th; Barbour April 18th; Tucker April 20th: Marion April
25th ; Hampshire April 25th ; Ohio April 27th, and others following
in rapid succession. On the 22d of April a Refugee Convention
was held at Charleston, composed of Union men from the counties
of Monroe, Greenbrier. Raleigh, Mercer and Wyoming. William
Chambers of Monroe, was made Chairman, and A. G. Williams of
Greenbrier, Secretary. A delegation was selected to represent each
of these counties in the Parkersburg Convention.



1908] First State Officials of West Virginia. 217

At length the time arrived for the Convention, and on the evening
of May 5th, fifty delegates thereto left Wheeling on the steamer
"OHIO NO. 3," accompanied by a reporter for the "Intelligencer",
and the delegates were from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, "Wet-
zel, Tyler, Marion and Preston counties. Others joined them at
Moundsville, New Martinsville, and Sistersville.

Wednesday morning May 6th the old town of Parkersburg was
thronged with people. There was but one hotel — "Alls' Central,"
but the people opened their homes to the delegates, and all found
entertainment.

The Convention assembled at 3 :00 P. M. in the old Court House—
a large room — but there was not standing room. Judge Chapman
J. Stuart, of Doddridge county, called the Convention to order,
and nominated James G. West of Wetzel for Temporary President-
Thomas Cather of Taylor, nominated Ellery R. Hall of Marion,
for temporary Secretary. Rev. Mr. Campbell of the Presbyterian
church offered prayer in an impressive manner. A Committee on
Permanent Organization was appointed, consisting of Chapman J.
Stuart, of Doddridge; Benjamin H. Smith, of Kanawha; Abram
D. Soper, of Tyler; Leroy Kramer, of Monongalia; James R. Cars-
kadon, of Hampshire; Daniel Lamb, of Ohio; Joseph B. Nay, of
Marion ; and John J. Brown of Preston.

A Committee on Credentials was appointed as follows: — Thomas
Cather, of Taylor; George McC. Porter, of Hancock; William
Swearingen, of Marion; Chapman J. Stuart, of Doddridge; Robert
Irvine, of Lewis; Spicer Patrick of Kanawha; Robert Hager, of
Boon<\ and T. C. McCann, of Greenbrier.

On motion of Dr. Patrick, of Kanawha, the Rules of the House of
Delegates were adopted for the government of the Convention.
Judge Stuart of the Committee on Permanent Organization reported
the following:

For President — Dr. Spicer Patrick-, of Kanawha county.

For Secretary — Ellery R. Hall, of Marion county.

For Assistant Secretary — Jacob Edgar Boyers, of Tyler county.

Dr. Patrick was conducted to the chair, from which he made an
eloquent address. He then substituted the name of General Lewis
Ruffner, of Kanawha, for that of his own on the Committee on
Credentials.

Campbell Tarr, of Brooke, moved the appointment of a Committee
on Resolutions. He declined the chairmanship, and the Committee
consisted of A. F. Ross, of Ohio county; George McC. Porter, o"



218 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Hancock Daniel Lamb, of Ohio; Benjamin H. Smith, of Kanawha;
and William B. Zinn, of Preston. On motion of Daniel D. T.
Farnsworth, of Upshur, a Committee on Basis of Representation
was appointed. It consisted of D. D. T. Farnsworth; Daniel Lamb,
of Ohio ; William B. Zinn, of Preston ; George W. Bier, of Taylor ;
Chapman J. Stuart, of Doddridge; W. P. Amiss, of Wood; John M.
Phelps, of Mason; Robert Hager, of Boone; and T. K. McCann, of
Greenbrier.

William E. Stevenson gave notice that the Methodist Episcopal
Church had been procured for the use of the Convention and it
adjourned to meet there at 8:00 A. M. the following day. That
evening a great New State mass meeting was held at the Court
House, and the speakers were Ross, of Ohio ; Porter, of Hancock ;
E. M. Norton, of Ohio; and Kellian V. Whaley, of Mason. On
Thursday morning the Convention assembled as per adjournment.
The building was in an unfinished condition, the windows being
partly boarded up. Immediately after reading the minutes of the
preceding day, Mr. Harrison Hagans, of Preston, moved to ad-
journ to Wheeling, Daniel Pack, of Ohio, moved to lay the motion
on the table and this was done. Thomas Cather then presented
the report of the Committee on Credentials, the following being
the list of Delegates with counties by them represented : —

BARBOUR — George M. Yeager, James F. Harvey and Spencer Dayton.

BOONE— Robert Hager.

BRAXTON— William D. Rollyson, and James G. McCoy.

BROOKE— David Hervey, Nathaniel Wells, H. W. Cothers, William P.
Strain, Campbell Tarr, James Archer, C. F. Scott, R. M. Wells, and
George Hooker.

CABELL— William H. Copley.

CLAY — F. J. Baxter and W. King.

DODDRIDGE — Ephriam Bee, Edwin Maxwell, Chapman J. Stuart, and
Floyd Neely.

GILMER— J. F. W. Holt, W. W. Warder, D. F. Steinbeck, Thomas M.
Brannon, Mathew Holt, and John Varner.

GREENBRIER— J. F| Caldwell, T. K. McCann, and Andrew W. Mann.

HAMPSHIRE — James Carskadon, Thomas R. Carskadon, and John
Hughes.

HANCOCK — John H. Atkinson, John Gardner, James L. Freeman, Daniel
Donahoo, and George McC. Porter.

HARRSISON— Thomas L. Moore, and Benjamin Shuttleworth.



1908] First State Officials of West Virginia. 213

JACKSON— D. J. Keeney, J. F. Scott, S. Harpold, T. A. Roberts, D. Har-
pold, H. S. Mahan, William Cunningham, Charles Harpold, J. A.
Smith, C. M. Rice, D. D. Rhoades, D. Woodruff, H. R. Sherman, I.
King, G. L. Kennedy, Cole Williamson, and E. S. Mahan.

KANAWHA — Spicer Patrick, Lewis Ruffner, Greenbury Slack, John D.
Young, S. Benedict, Fredrick Walker, and Benjamin H. Smith.

LEWIS — Minter Bailey, E. M. Tunstill, Minor C. Hall, Newton B. Barnes,
and Robert Irvine.

MARION — Leonard Lamb, Joseph S. Morris, Peter T. Barnes, William
Swearingen, Robert Moran, Joseph W. Cromwell, Ellery R. Hall, Wil<
liam Conaway, John Pritchard, William Fox and Joseph B. Nay.

MARSHALL— M. Dunn, J. W. Purdy, J. L. Parkinson, J. R. Bell, William
McFarland, William Blake, and George Edwards.

MASON — Lewis Bumgardner, E. M. Fitzgerald, Michael Roseberry, John
M. Phelps, J. P. R. B. Smith, William H. Tomlinson, William E.
Wetzel, Asa C. Brigham, John J. Weise, and George W. Murdoch.

MERCER— Joseph Snapp.

MONONGALIA— Leroy Kramer.

MONROE— William F. Chambers.

MORGAN— Joseph S. Wheat.

NICHOLAS— John R. McCutchen.

OHIO — Peregrine Whitham, Thomas B. Stewart, John E. Sisson, Daniel
Lamb, E. M. Norton, Lewis Lunsford, I. M. Pumphrey, Jacob Horn-
brook, Alfred B. Caldwell, R. W. Hazlett, R. W. McClellan, Daniel
Peck, J. A. Metcalf, Samuel Irvine, James Bodley, Philip Scheie, Per-
ry Pierson, A. F. Ross, E. A. Weber, Jacob Hull, John Claytor, S.
Louis Steifel, J. C. Hupp, N. C. Arthur, and Henry C. Flesher.

PRESTON — William B. Zinn, Charles Hooton, John J. Brown, Harrison
Hagans and John Howard.

PLEASANTS— Robert Patterson, Jr., E. W. Johnston, J. W. Williamson,
and Thomas Johnson.

POCAHONTAS— David M. Burgess, and Samuel Young.

PUTNAM — Charles M. Pitrat, George C. Boyer, and Dudley S. Montague.

RALEIGH— T. K. McCann, (Alternate).

RANDOLPH— Joseph Hart, Milton Hart, and W. J. Drummond.

RITCHIE— Alexander Lowther, Jr., William H*. Douglas, J. H. Prince,
William Harris, J. B. Yeagei;, John Douglas, J. Malone, and A. J.
Wilson.

ROANE — Marcellus McWhorter, Joseph Boone and James Riddle.

TAYLOR — Thomas Cather, L. E. Davidson, J. C. Fleming and N. B. Jones.

TYLER— Abram D. Soper, I. T. Nicklin, V. Smith, Jacob Edgar Boyers
Boyers, W. B. Kern, and Daniel Sweeney.



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220 Archives and History. [W. Va.



UPSHUR — E. J. Colerider, John Lowe, Daniel D. T. Farnsworth, D. S.
Pinnell, F. Berlin, S. B. Phillips, Daniel Simmer, John J. Burr, and
Nathan H. Taft.

WAYNE— William H. Tomlinson, (Alternate).

WETZEL— James G. West, G. W. Bier, E. Kyle, John R. Brown, John
Murphy and F. G. Steel.

WIRT — Thomas A. Gilmer, Robert Perrin, John Busted, Benjamin F.
Stewart, A. Hawley, Richard Timms, M. E. Baker, Lewis Coe, Esq.
Petty, Esq. Buell, Samuel Thornton, J. L. Boggs, B. Hilbert, John B.
Smith, B. F. Ball, B. Vernon, C. W. Fisher, H. S. Burns, M. L. Lock-
hart, A. House, Lewis Rodgers, E. Beatty, M. L. Sayre, Hiram Depue,
William McCutchen, C. Boggs, and E. S. Graham.

WOOD— J. S. Keifer, William Beckett, L. A. Beckwith, John Flinn, H.
Buckley, J. C. Harris, M. P. Amiss, Milan Dils, E. l'racewell, T. F.
H. Slavogt, H. P. Dils, John A. Hutchinson, Jr., John MeKibben,
George W. Henderson, Z. Hickman, John Dixon, E. Whitlatch, Jacob
Marshall, A. D. Reeder, William T. Cook, W. Johnston, Sr., William
E. Stevenson and W. P. Davis.

WYOMING — James O. Hawley, (Alternate).

Thus the report of the Committee showed two hundred and thirty-
five duly accredited delegates present, and representing forty coun-
ties.

Nomination of a State Ticket: — The basis of representation
was determined by dividing the white population of each county
at the last census, by the number of delegates therefrom, and each
delegate separately, being entitled to give the vote ascertained by
such division, to belong to him. A majority of the whole vote
given was necessary to make a nomination.

Nominations were declared to be in order. For the office of
Governor, -Lymes G. "West, presented the name of Samuel Crane,
of Randolph County; E. M. Norton, that of Arthur I. Boreman*, of



♦Arthur Ingram Boreman, the first Governor of West Virginia, was born at
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1823. At the age of four years he came with
his parents to Tyler County, West Virginia, where he attended the school of that
flay. Fie studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843, in whieh year he located
in Parkersburg, and began the practice of his profession, in which he soon rose to
distinction. In 1S55 be represented Wood County in the General Assembly of Vir-
ginia, and by successive elections continued in that capacity until 1860. He became
an ardent new State man, and was President of the Second Wheeling Convention
which assempled June 11, 1861, and which reorganized the Restored Government of
Virginia and prepared the way for the formation of West Virginia. He was elected
first Governor of West Virginia; was inaugurated June 20, 1863, and by successive
elections served until 1869, when he was elected a member of the United States Sen-
ate inwhich body he served six years. Thereafter he resumed the practice of law
in Parkersburg, where he was later elected Judge of the Circuit Court, and served
eight years, his term beginning January I, isso. He was a leader of men in the time
in whieh he lived, not. from the intrigues of craft and cunning, but from an innate
and rightful sovereignty of human nature.




Judge Jacob Edgar Boyers.

First Secretary of State of West Virginia.
(See Biographical Sketch, p. 221.)



1908] First State Officials of West Virginia. 221

Wood county; and Benjamin H. Smith, that of Peter Gr. Van Win-
kle of the same county. There was no choice on the first ballot ; the
name of Mr. Crane was withdrawn and Mr. Boreman was nominated
on the second ballot.

For office of Secretary of State, Thomas Gather presented tha
name of Ellery R. Hall, of Marion County; Chapman J. Stuart,
that of Jacob Edgar Boyers, f of Tyler; Leroy Kramer, that of
Jasper Y. Moore, of Clarksburg; and William Douglas, that of S.
R. Dawson, of Ritchie. Mr. Hall declined, and Mr. Bayers was nomi-
nated on first ballot.

For the Treasurer, Daniel Lamb named Campbell Tarr,ft °£
Brooke county, and there being no other name presented, .he was
nomination by acclamation.

For the office of Auditor of State, E. M. Norton named Samuel
Craned °^ Randolph; H. W. Crothers presented that of John J.
Brown of Preston ; a delegate named Thomas L. Moore of Harrison,

t.Tacob Edgar Boyers, the first Secretary of State, was born on the banks
of the Monongahela river, in Monongalia county. West Virginia. February 0. 1832.
His father was Josiah, a son of Jacob Boyers of Culpeper county, Virginia : his
mother. Susannah M. was a daughter of Jacob Pindall an able member of Congress
from Clarksburg. She died when the subject of this notice was but nine days old.
When three years of age. his father removed to a farm two miles from Middle-
bourne in Tyler county, West Virginia, and here the boy grew to manhood. He at-
tended the old Northwestern Virginia Academy at Clarksburg ; where his teachers
were the distinguished Gordon Battelle and Alexander Martin, the latter the first
President of the University of West Virginia. In 1854-55 he attended Allegheny



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