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March 05, 1809: Lord Dunmore died at Ramsgate, England

John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore and the last colonial governor of Virginia, is recalled in West Virginia history for the frontier conflict known as Dunmore’s War. He also held the titles of Viscount Fincastle and Baron of Blair, and both Fort Fincastle at Wheeling (later Fort Henry) and Fort Blair at Point Pleasant (later

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