|Name||Arthur I. Boreman|
Wood County, West Virginia , United States
|| July 23, 1823
|Died||April 19, 1896
Jul 23, 2008 06:09am
|Info||BOREMAN, Arthur Inghram - the first Governor of West Virginia and a later U.S. Senator. |
Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pa., 7/24/1823, the son of the town merchant.
He moved to Virginia with his parents, who settled in Middlebourne, Tyler County, in 1827, and in Moundsville, Marshall County, in 1840; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Parkersburg
VA House (Wood Co) 1855-1861
Presided over the convention of supporters of the Union of the northwestern counties of Virginia held at Wheeling, June 19, 1861, to form the new State of West Virginia
Judge of the circuit court, nineteenth circuit of Virginia 1861-1863
Governor (R-WV) 1863-1869. Boreman was the first governor of the state of West Virginia. Resigned to accept the nomination as United States Senator. Boreman contributed effectively to the government of the new state, supporting legislation which instituted the West Virginia Code, Board of Public Works, and the public school system. During the Civil War, he organized state militia units to combat Confederate guerrillas in the southern part of the state. In 1865, he encouraged legislation which prohibited former Confederates from voting or holding public office, guaranteeing Republican control of the state for five years. His 1863 inaugural address is here: [Link]
U.S. Senate (R-WV) 1869-75; chairman, Select Committee on the Removal of Political Disabilities (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Territories (Forty-third Congress)
Resumed the practice of law in Parkersburg, W.Va.
Judge of the fifth judicial circuit of West Virginia 1889-96
Died in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va., 4/19/1896; interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.