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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

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  • Marking a milestone Students hold copies of The Parthenon with the news that Marshall had become a university. The governor signed the legislation on March 2, 1961. Read More »

  • State Flag The West Virginia state flag was adopted by the legislature on March 7, 1929 Read More »

  • Carnifex Ferry March 14, 1931: Noting interest in the annual reunion of Carnifex Ferry battle veterans, the legislature created the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield Park Commission Read More »

  • West Virginia State University On March 17, 1891, West Virginia State University was founded as the West Virginia Colored Institute Read More »

  • Lady aviator Rose Agnes Rolls Cousins was born March 26, 1920. She was the first black woman to become a solo pilot in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at West Virginia State College (now University). Read More »

  • Moving the Capital March 28, 1870: State officials, with state records and property, boarded a steamboat called Mountain Boy, one of six steamboats that moved West Virginia’s capital from Wheeling to Charleston Read More »

This Date in History

March 27, 1917: Cyrus Roberts Vance was born in Clarksburg


Statesman Cyrus Roberts Vance (March 27, 1917-January 12, 2002) was born in Clarksburg. He received his law degree at Yale in 1942. During World War II, he served in the Far East as a gunnery officer in the navy.

Vance became a partner in the New York City law firm of Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. His first government post was counsel to Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson’s special committee on space and astronautics, whi...

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