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

West Union

West Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 17, 2011
1. West Union Marker
Inscription. West Union, incorporated in 1881, was formerly called Lewisport in honor of Lewis Maxwell. It is the county seat of Doddridge, named for Philip Doddridge. In it lived J. H. Diss Debar and Sen. and Gov M. M. Neely.
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Location. 39° 17.683′ N, 80° 46.292′ W. Marker is in West Union, West Virginia, in Doddridge County. Marker is on Davis Street / Old U.S. 50 (West Virginia Route 18) just north of Main Street (West Virginia Route 18), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Union WV 26456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beehive Inn (approx. ¼ mile away); Ephraim Bee (approx. 3.9 miles away); Tollgate (approx. 7.9 miles away); Pennsboro B&O Depot (approx. 10.6 miles away); Harrisville (approx. 10.6 miles away); Pennsboro (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Stone House (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Regarding West Union. Matthew M. Neely (D-WV) was a U.S. Senator from 1923 to 1929 and again 1949 to 1958. He was Governor of West Virginia from 1941 to 1945, and U.S. Representative 1944-1946.
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West Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 17, 2011
2. West Union Marker
The town of West Union is off frame to the right. Main Street bridge is in the distance.

1. Joseph H. Diss Debar. “A supporter of the movement to create West Virginia, Diss Debar was commissioned in 1863 to design the Great Seal. Seeing the assignment in part as an opportunity to promote the new state’s natural resources and economic potential, he created a two-sided medallion whose front depicts a farmer, a miner, the state motto, and other symbols. In 1864, he was appointed commissioner of immigration and worked in this capacity to recruit labor and landowners from abroad until 1871. Diss Debar involved the state in the 1867 Paris Exposition, winning a prize for the petroleum exhibit from the West Virginia oil fields.” (Submitted on May 15, 2011.) 

2. Matthew Mansfield Neely. “Neely’s candidacy [for governor] was the result of a split within the Democratic party. With the support of labor, he backed improvements in unemployment compensation and the establishment of a human rights commission. The major accomplishments of Neely’s administration included a new law requiring higher appropriations to the State Health Department for cancer treatment, an increase in welfare grants, reforms at state institutions, an increase in the teachers’ retirement pension, stricter enforcement of the child labor law, and better mine inspections, which reduced the number of coal mine accidents.” (Submitted on May 15, 2011.) 
Additional keywords. Joseph H. Diss Debar, U.S. Senator and West Virginia Governor Matthew M. Neely
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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