Wood County Commission donates Arthur I. Boreman painting

Will be placed in Stephenson Mansion

Photo Provided Board members of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation Senta Goudy, Cynthia Alkire, Rob Tebay, David Roberts, Michael Seese, Cynthia Brown, Julie Heller, Chris Gilmer and Cynthia Gissy pose with a painting of Arthur I. Boreman, the first governor of West Virginia, donated by the Wood County Commission. It will be permanently placed in the historic Stephenson Mansion.

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission presented the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation with a painting of Arthur I. Boreman, the first governor of West Virginia, to be permanently placed in the historic Stephenson Mansion on Seventh Street.

The foundation was given the Stephenson Mansion, also locally known as the Oakland Mansion, by John and Pamela Lutz in December 2015. The mansion was constructed in 1832 by James McNeil Stephenson, a lawyer, politician and banker. Stephenson was married to Agnes Miller Boreman, sister of Arthur Boreman, who became a U.S. senator after he was governor.

The portrait of Boreman, which has been a fixture in the Wood County Commission meeting room for many years, was painted by local artist Connie Cullum.

“We thank the Wood County Commission for their generosity in bestowing this outstanding portrait for permanent placement in the Stephenson Mansion,” said Chris Gilmer, board member and president of WVU-Parkersburg. “The portrait and the mansion chronicle an important time in the history of this state and our local community.”

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