In Wheeling, West Virginia, Arthur Boreman is inaugurated as the first governor of the new state
Arthur Ingram Boreman was inaugurated as the first governor of the new state of West Virginia in celebrations at Wheeling. The new state had first voted to seperate from Virginia in October 1861 and the area had been governed by a committee headed by Francis Pierpont since. The new constitution, which included the clause gradually abolishing slavery that President Lincoln had requested, was passed on March 26, 1863. A Republican, Boreman served as governor till early 1869 and subsequently as U.S. Senator from 1869 to 1975. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 14.