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he was unable to accomplish but little work. Henceforth the work of Immigration
received but little attention until the present time, when, in 1007, Hon. John
Nugent was appointed to this position and has made it one of much importanc •
to the State ; he having visited Europe in the interest of his work. His report
of his work for the year 1897 (in manuscript), is filed in the Governor's office.



♦Prior to the date when the Penitentiary was ready for occupancy, the Governor.
by authority of the Legislature, rented a portion of the Ohio County jail for a
State prison.

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30 Archives axd History. [W. Va.



Second Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary;
dated December 31, 1868.

Third Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary;
dated , — , 1869.

Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary;
dated , — , 1870.

Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary;
dated , — , 1871.

Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary;
dated September 30, 1872.

(biennial reports.)

First Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for
Fiscal years 1873 and 1874. .

Second Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for
Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.

Third Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1879 and 1880.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1881 and 1S82.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1883 and 1884.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1885 and 1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary for

Fiscal years 1887 and 1888.
Ninth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary, for

Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary, for

Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1895 and 1896.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1S97 and 1898.
Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.
Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.
Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Board 'of Directors of the Penitentiary,

for Fiscal years 1905 and 1906.



1908] Hospital for Insane at Weston. 31

REPORTS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA
HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE, AT WESTON, IN LEWIS COUNTY.

1. Report of the Joint Legislative Committee to examine the West Vir-

ginia Hospital for the Insane, at Weston, 1863.

2. Report of the Joint Legisaltive Committee appointed to investigate

the affairs of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, 1869.

(annual reports.)

Preliminary Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the In-
sane at Weston ;dat«d December 31, 1863.
First Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated , — , 1864.*

Second Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated — , — , 1865.*

Third Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated October 12, 1866.
Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated December 13, 1867.
Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated September 30, 186S.
Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated September 30, 1869.
Seventh Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated September 30, 1870.
Eighth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated September 30, 1871.
Ninth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; dated September 30, 1872.

(biennial reports.)
First Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston; for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1874.
Second Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.
Third Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1879 and 1880.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1881 and 1882.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1884.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1885 and 1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1887 and 1888.



*The First and Second Annual Reports of the Board of Directors of the Hos-
pital for the Tnsane at Weston, are not among the collections of this Department.
Enquiry for them continues to be made and it is hoped that they may be found.



32 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Ninth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1S89 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the

Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1895 and 1S96.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for

the Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1897 and 1898.
Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for

the Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.
Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for

the Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for

the Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.
Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for

the Insane at Weston, for the Fiscal years 1905 and 1906.

The beginning of the Hospital for the Insane at Weston, has an
interesting bit of history connected therewith. On the 22d day of
March 1858, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an Act pro-
viding for the establishment of the ' ' Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asy-
lum." The Governor was required to appoint three Commission-
ers, one from the Shenandoah Valley and two from that part of
the State east of the Blue Kidge, to determine a location for the
Institution. Three points, — Sutton, in Braxton County; Westoo,
in Lewis County; and Fayetteville, in Fayette County- were named,
one of which was to be selected. The Commissioners agreed upon
Weston. The Act providing for the Institution carried with it
an appropriation of $25,000.00 for the purchase of lands, not ex-
cel ding three hundred acres. In 1860, the Assembly appropriated
$50,000.00 for the work of construction, and in 1861, a similar sum
for the same purpose. Work was suspended by Virginia, because
of the War, but it was resumed under the direction of the Re-
stored Government, and later completed by the New State of West
Virginia.

REPORTS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA
UNIVERSITY, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING THERETO.*

THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.

1. Report of Samuel P. Hildreth, agent, concerning the sale of Agricul-
tural College Scrip, and Investment of the Proceeds thereof;
dated April 10, 18C6.



*On the 2d day of July, 1S62. Congress passed an Act by which Land Scrip
was appropriated for educational purposes. In accordance with this Act Scrip to
the amount of thirty thousand acres for each Senator and Representative in Con-



1908] West Virginia Agbictiltubal College. 33

2. Report of Samuel P. Hildreth, Cashier of the National Savings Bank,

in regard to the Agricultural College Bonds.

3. Special Message and Report of the Board of Visitors of the West

Virginia Agricultural College; dated January 30, 1868.

4. Report of the Librarian, J. R. Weaver, of the West Virginia Agricul-

tural College, with Catalogue of books in its Library, June 16,
1S6S, and the Condition of the Reading Room, and List of Text-
Books for use of Cadets, first year ending June 16, 1868.

5. Roster of Cadets of the West Virginia Agricultural College, June 16,

1868.

6. Report of the Professor of Natural Sciences in the West Virginia

Agricultural College, June 17, 1868.

7. Report of the Executive Committee to the Board of Visitors of the

West Virginia Agricultural College, June, 1868.
S. Regulation for the Government of the West Virginia Agricultural Col-
lege June, 1S6S.

9. Catalogue of the Board of Visitors and Officers and Students of the

West Virginia Agricultural College, June, 1868.

10. Courses of Study in the Preparatory, Literary, Scientific, and Military

Departments of the West Virginia Agricultural College, June,
1868.

11. Special Message and Report of the Board of Visitors of the West Vir-

ginia Agricultural College, for the year 1867; dated January 30,
1868.

12. Second Annual Report of the Board of Visitors of the West Virginia

Agricultural College; dated June 17, 1868.

(annual reports.) •

First Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity; dated June 17, 1868.

Second Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity; dated June 17, 1S69.

Third Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity; dated June 15, 1870.

Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity; dated June — , 1871.



gress was appropriated and the funds realized therefrom, donated, was designated

for the endowment of Agricultural Colleges. In some of the older States,
portion was used to augment Hie endowments of Colleges and Uni already

in existence; but for West Virginia it meant the founding of a now institution.
The total number of acres appropriated to the State was one hundred and flftv
thousand which were sold for $90,000.00. which sum was invested in United
States bonds. The Legislature by an Act of February 7. 1867, provided for the found-
ing of a State Agricultural College, in compliance with the provisions of the Act of
Congress, and Governor Boreman a few days later appointed a Board of Visitors
for the proposed institution. Citizens of Morgantown and Monongalia countv ten-
dered it the property of the old Woodbnrn Seminary, together with that of Mo-
nongalia Academy, and cash, bonds, bank stock and other property, the whole
valued at .$51,000.00. This tender was accepted by the Board of Visitors, and the
West Virginia Agricultural College was formallv onened June 27. 1*07. with
one hundred and twenty-five students in attendance. By an Act of the Legislature
passed at the Extra Session of that body. December 4, 1868, the name "West Vir-
ginia Agricultural College" was changed to that of "West Virginia University", by
which title the institution continues to be known. The name' "Board of Visitors"
was also changed to "Board of Regents", the latter succeeding to all the rights,
powers, and privileges of the former.



34 Archives and History. [W. Va.



Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity; dated June — , 1S72.

(biennial reports.)

First Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1874.

Second Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.

Third Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.

Fourth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1879 and 1880.

Fifth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1881 and 1882.

Sixth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia Uni-
versity, for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1884.

Seventh Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1885 and 1S8G.

Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1S87 and 1888.

Ninth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University for the Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.

Tenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.

Eleventh Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.

Twelfth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1895 and 1896.

Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1897 and 1898.

Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.

Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.

Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.

Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University, for the Fiscal years 1905 and 1906.

In the numbering of these Reports, it seems that the one desig-
nated Second Annual Report of the Board of Visitors of the "West
Virginia Agricultural College", is the same as that marked First
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the "West Virginia
University".

REPORTS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE STATE NORMAL

SCHOOL.

(annual reports.)
First Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal School
for 1867; dated January 1, 1868.



1908]



Reports of State Normal School.



35



Second Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School; dated January 15, 18G9.
Third Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School; dated November 29, 18G9.
Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School; dated December 19, 1870.
Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School; dated ; , — , 1871.

Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School; dated , — 1872.

( BIENNIAL REPORTS. )

First Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1874.
Second Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.
Third Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1S79 and 1880.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1881 and 1882.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1SS4.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1885 and 1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1887 and 1888.
Ninth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1895 and 1896.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1897 and 1898.
Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.



*On the 27th of February, 1867, the Legislature passed an Act declaring that there
be established a State Normal School to be called the "West Virginia State Normal
School," for the instruction and practice of teachers of Common Schools in the
science of education and the art of teaching, to be established at Marshall College
in Cabell county. The General Superintendent of Free Schools, the Secretary of
State, the Auditor and Treasurer with one other person from each of the three Con-
gressional Districts, the latter to be appointed by the Governor, were made to con-
stitute "The Board of Regents of the State Normal School." The Governor ap-
pointed J. T. McClure of the First District ; .T. J. Barrick, of the Second District ;
and W. O. Mathews, of the Third District. The first meeting was held in Guyan-
dotte, Cabell county, September G. 1867. Before adjournment, arrangements were
completed for putting the present — Marshall College State Normal School — in oper-
ation.



36 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.
Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents of the State Normal

School, for the Fiscal years 1905 and 190G.

REPORTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND

THE BLIND.

1. Report of the Principal of the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and

Blind at Staunton. Virginia, Concerning West Virginia Patients
therein, and Showing the Indebtedness of the State for their
Treatment. Dated December 7, 18G6.

2. Second Report of the Principal of the Institution for the Deaf and

Dumb and the Blind at Staunton, Virginia, Concerning West
Virginia Patients therein. Dated December 27, 18G7.

3. Third Report of the Principal of the Institution for the Deaf and

Dumb and the Blind at Staunton, Virginia, Concerning West Vir-
ginia Patients therein, and Showing the Indebtedness of the
State for their Treatment. 18C9.*

(annual reports.)

First Annual Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for the
Deaf and Blind for the year ending September 30, 1870.

Second Annual Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for the
Deaf and Blind for the year ending September 30, 1871.

Third Annual Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for the
Deaf and Blind for the year ending September 30, 1872.

(biennial reports.)
First Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1874.
Second Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.
Third Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Regents of The West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1879 and 1880.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1S81 and 1882.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1884.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1885 and 1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1887 and 1888.



♦This document has not been found, but it evidently had an existence for Gov-
ernor William E. Ptevenson. in his message to the Legislature, dated January 10.
1870. states that he has the pleasure of transmitting it to that body. It seems that
no such Document was received in 1868.



1908] Schools ior the Deaf and the Blind. 37

Ninth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1895 and 1896.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1897 and 1898.
Fourtenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.
Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School for

the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years of 1903 and 1904.
Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Regents of the West Virginia School

for the Deaf and Blind for the Fiscal years 1905 and 1906.
The By-Laws of the West Virginia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb

and the Blind, for the year 1875.

The 4th Section of Article 10, of the first Constitution, pro-
vided that the Legislature should, when it was practicable, make
suitable provision for the blind, mute, etc. Prior to and during
the Civil "War, the Deaf and the Blind Children of the western
counties of Virginia — now "West Virginia— were educated at Staun-
ton in the Shenandoah Valley. Under date of December 7, 1866,
•Tames F. Patterson, Secretary of the Board of Visitors of "The
Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind" at that place
transmitted from his Board to Governor Boreman, and through him
to the Legislature a Report, or Document, "Concerning West Vir-
ginia Patients in that Institution and showing the Indebtedness
of the State therefor." From this it appared that there were
then fifty-three inmates from what is now West Virginia, and rep-
resenting the counties of Harrison, Barbour, Ritchie, Taylor, Logan,
Lewis, Mason, Gilmer, Preston, Kanawha and Berkley, together with
the City of Wheeling. It was further shown that for their board,
clothing and tuition, the State of West Virginia was indebted to
the Institution at Staunton in the sum of $24, 382. 55. No action
was taken at this time, and under date of December 17, 1867, the
Board of Visitors again memorialized the Legislature, through
Governor Boreman, who submitted the Document to that body.
Still another memorial was received in 1869. Meantime, Governor
Stevenson was urging upon the Legislature the establishment of
an Institution for the care of these unfortunates. In his message



38 Archives and History. [W. Va.

to that body in 1870, he said: "We are under moral obligation to
give such assistance as is in our power to the Deaf and Dumb and the
Blind in our midst ; and humanity and sound policy alike demand
that some action be taken for this purpose, if possible, at your
present Session." The Legislature hearkened unto the voice of the
Governor, and on March 3d ensuing, passed an "Act for the Es-
tablishment of the West Virginia Institution for the Deaf and the
Blind." It was located at Romney, in Hampshire County, in the
beautiful South Branch Valley, and speedily put in operation.
When ready, the unfortunate children who had been cared for at
Staunton and at the Ohio Institute were brought home to their
own State; and all claims adjusted for their care. Since then West
Virginia has discharged the duties imposed by the very laws of
nature and all just claims of humanity by making this Institution
an honor to the State.

TAXATION— REPORTS OF TAX COMMISSIONS— ASSESSMENT LAWS
—REPORTS OF THE TAX COMMISSIONER.

1. Report of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Delegates on
State Taxation of the United States Securities. Adopted January 24,



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