This Week in West Virginia History

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This Week in West Virginia History


The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. April 16, 1829: Jacob Beeson Jackson was born in Parkersburg. In 1880, he became West Virginia's sixth governor.

April 16, 1923: Arch Moore was born at Moundsville. He was the first governor in 100 years to serve a second term, and he returned later for a third.

April 17, 1827: Outdoorsman William Squirrelly Bill" Carpenter was born on the Elk River near the mouth of Laurel Creek. Carpenter guided prominent West Virginians, including Gov. MacCorkle, through the wonders of the Elk Valley.

April 17, 1871: West Virginians approved the Flick Amendment, which allowed former Confederates to vote. The amendment also applied to former slaves, but they had been enfranchised already by the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

April 18, 1912: The Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 191213 began when coal operators rejected the demand of their unionized workers for a wage increase. The strike was one of the most dramatic and bloody conflicts in the early 20th century labor struggles in southern West Virginia known as the Mine Wars.

April 19, 1896: Writer Melville Davisson Post was born in Harrison County. His best-known works are the "Randolph Mason series, published in three volumes, and the more successful collection, "Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries. …

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