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Arthur Ingram Boreman (1823-1896), First and Wartime Governor of West Virginia

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Black ink and wash and brown ink on paper
Overall: 7 x 4 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 10.8 cm ) mat: 18 x 14 in. ( 45.7 x 35.6 cm )
Inscribed at lower black wash: "Whiting[?] 1863"; reputedly old mount inscribed: "Arthur I. Boreman, First and War Governor of West Virginia"
Arthur Ingram Boreman was the first governor of the U.S. state of West Virginia and a United States Senator. Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of four, his family relocated to Middlebourne, Tyler County, which was then part of Virginia. In 1861 he presided over the Second Wheeling Convention, which established the Restored Government of Virginia as a step toward the establishment of a separate State of West Virginia. He served as governor of West Virginia from 1863 to 1869 and U.S. Senator from 1869 to 1875.
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Arthur I. Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, studied law, and was active in politics. In 1863 he became the first governor of West Virginia, and in 1868 was elected to the United States Senate, in which he served one term.
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Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group