Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
January 23, 1863

Wheeling Intelligencer
January 24, 1863

Election of United States Senator.

The legislature yesterday elected Judge Lemuel J. Bowden, of Williamsburg, Eastern Virginia, Senator to succeed Mr. Willey, whose term expires the coming fourth of March. It may excite some surprise that Mr. Willey was not re-elected, but it is sufficient to say that numerous letters were received by members of the two Houses from that gentleman positively declining to be a candidate for re-election. We shall advert again to this matter in explanation of the combination by which an eastern man was elected.

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: January 1863

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