“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Fairmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Fairmont Marker
Inscription. Home of Francis H. Pierpont, whose services in the organization of this State are commemorated by his statue in Statuary Hall, Washington. He was governor under the Restored Government of the State of Virginia, 1861–1868.
Location. 39° 29.092′ N, 80° 8.577′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Adams Street (U.S. 250) and Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north on Adams Street. Click for map. It is at the Marion County courthouse grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marion County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Boaz Fleming (within shouting distance of this marker); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Brooks Fleming House (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle for the Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairmont.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Francis Harrison Pierpont
Fairmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Fairmont Marker
Marker is on the Marion County courthouse grounds, to the right of the courthouse. Courthouse is out of frame to the left.
. “An active supporter of Abraham Lincoln, Pierpont became more involved in politics as an outspoken opponent of Virginia’s secession from the Union. When Virginia seceded and entered the war, delegates from the northern and northwestern counties of Virginia, which refused to join the Confederacy, met at the Wheeling Convention. These counties ultimately declared that their elected officials had abandoned their posts and established a separate government in Wheeling, with Pierpont as the provisional governor. This ‘Restored Government of Virginia’ drafted a new Virginia Constitution and sent representatives to the Union Congress. . . .

“. . . Under Pierpont’s leadership, the Wheeling government called for a popular vote on the question of the creation of a new separate state. Popular approval was overwhelming, and an application was subsequently made to Congress, which also approved the issue. The new state took the name West Virginia and was admitted into the Union in 1863.” (Submitted on August 1, 2009.) 
Categories. Notable Persons
Francis H. Pierpont (1814–1899) image. Click for full size.
3. Francis H. Pierpont (1814–1899)
This is the 1910 marble statue by Franklin Simmons that is in the United States Capitol in Statuary Hall. (Photograph taken by the Office of the Architect of the Capitol)
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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