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Clay in Clay County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Benjamin L. Stephenson

 
 
Benjamin L. Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. Benjamin L. Stephenson Marker
Inscription.  Born on December 10, 1826, he was one of the first school teachers in Nicholas County. He moved to Clay County before the Civil War and was a delegate to the first constitutional convention for West Virginia, 1861-1863. In 1863, he organized a company of militia and served as captain. Elected to the House of Delegates in 1865, he served until his death on April 7, 1871.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Location. 38° 27.601′ N, 81° 5.016′ W. Marker is in Clay, West Virginia, in Clay County. Marker is on Main Street (West Virginia Route 16) east of Locust Street, on the right when traveling east. It is at the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clay WV 25043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones Brothers Memorial Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); William C. Markle (approx. 2.6 miles away); Solomon Osborne (approx. 7.3 miles away); Clay County / Calhoun County
Benjamin L. Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. Benjamin L. Stephenson Marker
(approx. 12.7 miles away); Clay County / Nicholas County (approx. 13.6 miles away); North and South (approx. 13.9 miles away); Pioneer School (approx. 14 miles away).
 
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Old Clay County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
3. Old Clay County Courthouse
The Old Clay County Courthouse in Clay, West Virginia was designed by Frank L. Packard and built in 1902. The Beaux-Arts building was located on a hill overlooking the county seat. The courthouse was the site of three notable trials: the Sarah Ann Legg trial of 1905, the first trial of a woman in Clay County for murder; the Booger Hole trial of 1917, in which citizens nearly lynched the defendants; and the Oscar Bail trial of 1953, in which Bail was convicted of killing a mine guard in the Great Widen Coal Strike. —Wikipedia

This historical marker is out of frame on the left, near the west staircase. The Clay marker is out of frame to the right, near the east staircase.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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