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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 Fifty years ago, 46 people were killed on December 15 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 »

  • See WV: Skiing West Virginia is the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, so it’s not surprising it has some of the best skiing in the East. Read More »

  • Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. 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 »

This Date in History

December 11, 1937: W. E. R. "Bill" Byrne died

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A prominent attorney from a prominent family, writer William Easton Randolph ‘‘Bill’’ Byrne (October 26, 1862-December 11, 1937) is best remembered as ‘‘the fishing lawyer’’ and author of Tale of the Elk. He was born in Fort Defiance, Virginia. After the Civil War, during which his father served as a Confederate officer, the family moved to West Virginia. Byrne attended school in Wheeling and Charleston, worked as a civil en...

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