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History Alive! Francis Pierpont
Sharing West Virginia’s history at Beech Fork State Park includes History Alive! evenings throughout the summer. Join us at the park activity building for a first-person portrayal of Francis Pierpont by Travis Henline of Wheeling, WV.
About this West Virginia statehood figure:
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, DC, one of two West Virginians so recognized.
This presentation is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the West Virginia State Park system. There is no fee to attend, and the program is open to the public.
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