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Arthur I. Boreman

Arthur Inghram Boreman
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by Peter G. Van Winkle
Succeeded by Allen T. Caperton
1st Governor of West Virginia
In office
June 20, 1863 – February 26, 1869
Preceded by Francis Harrison Pierpont
as Governor of the Restored Government of Virginia
Succeeded by Daniel D. T. Farnsworth
Personal details
Born (1823-07-24)July 24, 1823
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Died April 19, 1896(1896-04-19) (aged 72)
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laurane Tanner Bullock Boreman
Profession Politician
Religion Methodist
Grave marker of Arthur Boreman at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens

Arthur Inghram Boreman (July 24, 1823 – April 19, 1896) was the first Governor of the U.S. state of West Virginia and a United States Senator.


Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of four, his family relocated to Middlebourne, Tyler County, which was then part of Virginia. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1855 to 1861. In 1861 he presided over the Second Wheeling Convention, which established the Restored Government of Virginia as a step toward the establishment of a separate State of West Virginia. He served as governor of West Virginia from 1863 to 1869 and U.S. Senator from 1869 to 1875. On November 30, 1864, he married Laurane Tanner Bullock, widow of a Union soldier.[1]

Boreman Hall, a dormitory on the campus of West Virginia University, is named after him. In addition, Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School is named in his honor in the Tyler County town of Middlebourne, and formerly two elementary schools in the Kanawha County town of Cross Lanes and the outlying Parkersburg area in Wood County were named in his honor.


  1. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.

External links

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Biography of Arthur I. Boreman
  • Inaugural Address of Arthur I. Boreman
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Harrison Pierpont
as Governor of the Restored Government of Virginia
Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Daniel D. T. Farnsworth
United States Senate
Preceded by
Peter G. Van Winkle
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
Served alongside: Waitman T. Willey, Henry G. Davis
Succeeded by
Allen T. Caperton

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