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Born in Hampshire County in 1837, the son of a slave owner, he fled Virginia after secession but was elected the youngest member of the Constitutional Convention in 1861. He later served as a US assessor, a presidential elector for Grant and Hayes, and in 1888 was Prohibition Party candidate for governor. Also a farmer and stockman, he died at his home, Radical Hill, in 1905.

In 2011 and 2012, Archives and History received $256,000 in grants to create 160 new highway historical markers on the Civil War in West Virginia and the creation of the Mountain State. Funding was provided by the United States Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Division of Highways, and the West Virginia State Legislature. Each county will receive at least two markers. Staff members and interns have worked to determine topics, conduct research, and write the marker texts, calling upon historians and local historical societies for insight when needed. Local groups and regional DOH offices, particularly the district sign shops, have greatly aided Archives and History in placing the new markers in locations that are both appropriate and accessible. 

Accessed March 13th 2020.