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

Robert Hager

Robert Hager Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. Robert Hager Marker
Inscription.  Born in 1810 in present-day Boone County, Methodist minister Robert Hager was a delegate to the state’s first constitutional convention in Wheeling. 1861-1863. He supported including a provision for gradual emancipation in WV and also a free school system. Between 1863 and 1869, Hager served terms in both houses of the state legislature. He died in Kentucky in 1878.
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1810.
Location. 38° 4.436′ N, 81° 49.403′ W. Marker is in Madison, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 85, 0.1 miles north of Country Estates Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WV 25130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison (approx. half a mile away); Boon County World War Memorial
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(approx. half a mile away); Boone County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nellis / ARMCO Coal (approx. 6.8 miles away); Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion (approx. 6.8 miles away); Indian Camp (approx. 8½ miles away); John Edward Kenna (approx. 8½ miles away); Coal Discovered (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Also see . . .  Joel Hager's Southern West Virginia Research. Excerpt:
He was one of our earliest and best known Methodist Ministers. He rode circuit over southern West Virginia (then Virginia), Ohio, and northern Kentucky. These trips to visit and establish churches were made by horseback over poor roads or no roads at all, during rain, sleet, snow and beautiful sunshine. He helped establish many churches in the above mentioned areas, married many couples, and helped bury their dead. We owe a great deal to these old ministers of the Gospel.

Robert Hager helped organize our State Government. His name is mentioned as a member of the Wheeling Constitutional Convention of 1861. He strongly supported the abolition of slavery and believed that all men were created equal. On June 20, 1863, Robert Hager,
Robert Hager Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
2. Robert Hager Marker
then 53, was listed as a delegate and again in 1864. In 1865, the Rev. Benjamin served as delegate from Boone County. In 1866, 1867, and 1868, the Rev. Robert Hager served as State Senator from this district. His pet project was a better education for the children of West Virginia.
(Submitted on August 28, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 148 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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