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Arthur Ingram Borman

June 20, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Arthur Ingram Boreman (July 24, 1823-April 19, 1896) was the first governor of West Virginia, elected to the office in 1863, 1864 and 1866.

Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pa., the son of a town merchant. At the age of 4, he and his family moved to Middlebourne in Tyler County, part of what later became West Virginia.

In 1845, Boreman was admitted to the bar and established a law practice at Parkersburg the following year. He represented Wood County as a Whig delegate in the Virginia General Assembly from 1855-1861, then served as a circuit judge under the Reorganized Government of Virginia.

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A member of the Constitutional Union party, Boreman was elected West Virginia's first governor in 1863.

Boreman contributed 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, Boreman encouraged legislation which prohibited former Confederates from voting or holding public office, guaranteeing Republican control of the state for five years. In 1869, Boreman resigned as governor to join the United States Senate six days prior to the end of his term. After one six-year term in the Senate, he returned to Parkersburg to practice law. In 1888, Boreman was again elected as a circuit judge, serving until his death in 1896.

 
 

 

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