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  • USS West Virginia On December 7, 1941, the USS West Virginia suffered massive damage in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship was raised from the sea in time to see service in the final year of the war. Read More »

  • FDR's filmmaker ‘Pare’’ Lorentz, known as “FDR’s filmmaker,” was born in Clarksburg December 11, 1905. He created The Roosevelt Year: 1933 documenting Roosevelt's first year in the White House. Read More »

  • Silver Bridge disaster Forty-six people were killed on December 15, 1967, when the Silver Bridge collapsed, sending vehicles plummeting into the Ohio River and onto the riverbank. Read More »

  • Charleston established On December 19, 1794, a 40-acre tract of George Clendenin's land was designated a town that became Charleston Read More »

  • Winter Weather The coldest day on record in West Virginia was December 30, 1917. The thermometer dropped to 37 degrees below zero at Lewisburg. Read More »

  • Death of a legend Country singer Hank Williams was to perform in Charleston on New Year’s Eve, but he never made it. He died in Oak Hill the next day. Read More »

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December 09, 1829: John Jeremiah Jacob was born in Hampshire County

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West Virginia’s fourth governor, John Jeremiah Jacob (December 9, 1829-November 24, 1893) was born in Hampshire County. He was the first governor born within the area that became West Virginia and the first Democratic governor of the state. His father, John J. Jacob, was a captain in the Revolutionary War, a Methodist minister, and sheriff of Hampshire County. After his father’s death in 1839, Jacob’s mother, Susan McDavitt Jacob, mo...

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