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Near Point Pleasant in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

John Hall

 
 
John Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
1. John Hall Marker
Inscription.  Born 1805 in Ireland but moved to Mason County as a child. He served as sheriff and in both houses of Virginia legislature. Delegate to the first Wheeling convention, he was elected president of the first constitutional convention, serving 1861-62 until he killed newspaper editor Lewis Wetzel. Two of Hall’s sons were killed while serving in the Union army. He died in 1881.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsPolitical SubdivisionsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
 
Location. 38° 54.97′ N, 82° 6.786′ W. Marker is near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker is on Ohio River Road (West Virginia Route 62) east of Airport Road (Local Road 64/4), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Pleasant WV 25550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grandma Gatewood
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(approx. 2 miles away in Ohio); Kellian V. Whaley (approx. 3.1 miles away); “Mark Twain” Family (approx. 3.1 miles away); Medal of Honor Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); Silver Bridge Collapse and Creation of National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) (approx. 3.9 miles away in Ohio); The Silver Bridge Disaster (approx. 3.9 miles away in Ohio); Silver Bridge Eye-Bar (approx. 3.9 miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point Pleasant.
 
Regarding John Hall. Lewis Wetzel was the editor of the Point Pleasant newspaper the Register. “During the political campaign of 1862, John Hall, who had presided over the constitutional convention, and his friends were subjected to bitter Register attacks written by Lewis Wetzel. Hall, enraged, shot and killed the journalist. He was subsequently adjudged guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and fined $4,000 and costs.” —West Virginia History, 1944, page 135.
 
John Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
2. John Hall Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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