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Remembering Gov. A.B. White
July 3, 2008 - Jody Murphy
July 3 is the 67th anniversary of the death of W.Va governor Albert Blakeslee White.
White was the fourth and final man to represent Wood County in the state's chief executive chair. White, a Republican, served one-term from 1901-05.
In the mid-1920s, White served as state senator. He passed away in Parkersburg, July 3, 1941.
I'll have an interesting story on White this weekend.
In addition to Wood County's four governors (Arthur Boreman, William Stevenson, Jacob Jackson and White) we've had three other governors with ties to our area. Gov. Matthew Neely (1941-45), our World War II governor, was born in Doddridge County.
Two-term governor Cecil Underwood is from Tyler County.
Gov. John Jacob Cornwall (1917-21), one of the worst governors the state ever had, was born on a farm in Ritchie County. His stay near Pennsboro was short lived as his family moved to Hampshire County three years after his birth.
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Former W.Va. Gov. A.B. White