West Virginia's First Governor
Arthur I. Boreman presided at June 1861 Wheeling Convention where statehood plan formulated. Elected state's first governor June 20, 1863. He served three, two-year terms, resigning in 1868 to take U.S. Senate seat. Parkersburg attorney served as Wood County Circuit Judge 1861-1863 and 1888-1896. He is buried in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.
Parkersburg was home for four of West Virginia's first 11 governors. Arthur I. Boreman (1823-1896, first governor, served 1863-69; W.E. Stevenson (1820-83), third governor served 1869-71; Jacob B. Jackson (1829-93), sixth governor, served 1881-85); A.B. White (1856-1941), eleventh governor, served 1901-05)