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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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  • Chuck Howley Wheeling native and former Warwood High, WVU, and Dallas Cowboys star Chuck Howley was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023. Read More »

  • Butch Miles The great jazz drummer, who grew up in Hinton and Charleston, passed away in February of this year. Read More »

  • Irish Mountain This Raleigh County mountain was named for the Irish immigrants who lived and farmed there for decades beginning in 1855. Read More »

  • Black High School Basketball Tournament From 1925 to 1957, Black high schools competed in a segregated basketball tournament in West Virginia. Pictured is the 1939 state champion Gary District High School team. Read More »

  • Laura Jackson Arnold House The sister of Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was a staunch Union supporter and cared for sick and wounded Northern soldiers at her house in Beverly during the Civil War. Read More »

  • Maple sugar Maple sap production occurs on warm days following freezing winter nights, usually in February and March. Photograph by Dean Michaud. Read More »

  • Pioneer 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 »

This Date in History

March 22, 1965: Benjamin Rosenbloom died in Cleveland, Ohio


Congressman Benjamin Louis Rosenbloom (June 3, 1880-March 22, 1965) of Wheeling was the only Jewish congressman in West Virginia history. Rosenbloom was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He attended West Virginia University, playing on the 1901 and 1902 football teams. He later studied law at WVU and was admitted to the West Virginia bar in 1904. He practiced law in Wheeling until his retirement in 1951 and p...

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