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