This Week in West Virginia History | New
CHARLESTON – The following events occurred on these dates in West Virginia history. For more information, visit e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.
November 21, 1810: Allen Taylor Caperton was born in County Monroe. Caperton served in the Confederate Senate during the Civil War and in the United States Senate from 1875 to 1876.
November 22, 1910: A fire destroyed the university building of Concord College. The next morning, community leaders organized education for the 300 students in rooms throughout the city.
November 22, 1926: Selva Lewis “Lew” Burdette Jr. was born in Nitro. Burdette was an outstanding major league baseball player who spent most of his career with the Milwaukee Braves.
November 23, 1962: death of Catholic Bishop John Joseph Swint. He was a great builder of religious institutions in the Diocese of Wheeling.
November 24, 2008: Former Governor Cecil Underwood died in Charleston. Underwood, West Virginia’s 25th and 32nd governor, had the distinction of being the youngest and longest-serving general manager in the state.
November 24, 2015: For her achievements in math and science, Katherine Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. Johnson worked for NASA calculating the trajectories of human spaceflight.
November 25, 1896: Athlete Clinton Cyrus Thomas was born in Greenup, Kentucky. Thomas was a star in the black leagues during the days of racial segregation in major league baseball. Thomas moved to Charleston after his playing years and had a long career in the state government of West Virginia.
November 26, 1952: A fire the day before Thanksgiving at Huntington State Hospital killed 14 patients, and three more patients later died from their injuries. Huntington State Hospital is known today as the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital.
November 26, 1861: The Constitutional Convention of 1861-63 is convened at Wheeling. The convention laid the foundation for state government for its accession to statehood.
November 27, 1933: Daniel Boardman Purinton, faculty member and president of the University of West Virginia, died. He was one of the first and ardent supporters of diversity.
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