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President Johnson recognizes Virginia's "Alexandria" legislature and appoints Francis Pierpont provisional governor

Francis Harrison Pierpont, detail
05/09/1865
The "Restored Government of Virginia" had been operating as a largely ineffective "legislature in exile" under Francis Pierpont in Alexandria, Virginia since 1863.  With the end of the Confederacy, President Johnson recognised the legislature and made Pierpont provisional governor of the state.  Pierpont then moved the legislature back to Richmond where it met for the last time before elections on June 19, 1865.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Hamilton James Eckenrode,The Political History of Virginia During the Reconstruction (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1904), 315. 

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