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Francis Pierpont

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 12:00 am

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History Alive is a program of first-person portrayals of historical figures by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character. Often called the “Father of West Virginia,” Pierpont, the great-grandson of Morgantown’s founder, spent much of his early life in Fairmont. As the Civil War broke out in 1861, he spoke frequently and ardently against secession. When loyal Unionists voted to create a new state government in defiance of Virginia’s secession that year, he was unanimously elected as its governor—a post at which he served tirelessly until the war’s end in 1865. Pierpont’s statue stands in Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., one of two West Virginians so recognized.

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Date:
June 23
Time:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Venue

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library
101 W King St
Martinsburg, WV 25401-3209 United States
Phone:
(304) 267-8933 x4011

Organizer

David Porterfield
Phone:
(304) 229-2220
Email:
david.porterfield@mbcpl.org

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