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Gilmer County, West Virginia

County History


[Source: History of West Virginia ; By Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1887; Pg. 686;
Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

GILMER COUNTY.
 

Gilmer  County  was formed by legislative enactment, February 3, 1845, from parts of Lewis and Kanawha, and named from Thomas Walker Gilmer.

Thomas Walker Gilmer was born at Gilmerton,  Albemarle  County ,  Virginia , April 6th, 1802, and educated at  Charlottesville  and  Staunton  . He studied law at  Liberty ,  Bedford    County , and began the practice of his profession at  Charlottesville  . He represented  Albemarle    County   in the General Assembly from 1829 to 1840, with the exception of two sessions, and was speaker of that body during the sessions of 1838 and 1839. February 14, 1840, he was elected Governor of Virginia, but a few months later resigned to take a seat in Congress.

February 14, 1844, President Taylor appointed him Secretary of the Navy. But his labors were now nearing an end. He was killed by the bursting of a gain on board the American war steamer Princeton, at  Mount Vernon , February 28, 1844—fourteen days after his appointment. ,

Glenville, the county seat, was incorporated March 10, 1856, when B. Conrad, George E. Ball, and Preston Pew were appointed to conduct the first municipal election. A branch of the  State  Normal School  was established here February 19, 1872.

[Source: History of  West Virginia  ; By Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1887; Pg. 686; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]




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