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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
April 16, 1863


Wellsburg Herald
April 24, 1863

Official Vote on the Amended Constitution.

The final count of the whole official vote cast for and against the Amended Constitution of West Virginia was made up Thursday, the 16th April, and the following is the official certificate of the president of the late Constitutional Convention and the New State Commissioners.

After being sent on to Washington to the President of the United States, he will issue his proclamation admitting West Virginia as a state into the Union:

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Vote on the Amended Constitution.

  ForAgainst
Barbour4710
Brooke4481
Boone570
Braxton1201
Cabell1060
Calhoun
Clay640
Doddridge4635
Fayette300
Gilmer3831
Greenbrier
Hampshire753
Hancock3735
Hardy760
Harrison1,0747
Jackson49910
Kanawha1,,0506
Lewis5964
Logan
Marion9653
Marshall1,43056
Monongalia1,415128
Morgan3620
Mason1,1122
McDowell
Mercer
Monroe
Nicholas1551
Ohio1,8508
Pendleton1810
Pleasants2530
Preston1,73770
Pocahontas
Putnam2750
Randolph16713
Ritchie7532
Roane1590
Raleigh
Taylor63912
Tucker451
Tyler7385
Upshur7424
Wetzel27577
Wirt1806
Wood1,2221
Wayne852
Webster
Wyoming_____ _____
Vote in 38 counties, as above stated   20,622440
Soldiers vote taken within West Virginia   6,00794
Total votes taken within West Virginia   26,632534
Soldiers’ vote taken out of West Virginia     1,68938
Whole amount of votes, duly taken
and returned
28,321572

Rejected Votes, Viz:

Soldiers     379     None against
Citizens     43     None against
  422      

We, Abraham D. Soper, President, and Daniel Lamb, Peter G. Van Winkle, Elbert H. Caldwell, Ephraim B. Hall, and James W. Paxton, Executive Committee of the Constitutional Convention of West Virginia, do hereby certify that we have examined the returns on the vote on the question of the ratification or rejection of the Amended Constitution of the said State, taken under and pursuant to the ordinance of the said Convention, entitled “An Ordinance to provide for submitting to the people of West Virginia the Amended Constitution;” and upon such an examination we find there are twenty-eight thousand three hundred and twenty-one votes given for the said Amended Constitution and five hundred and seventy-two votes given against it, as more particularly specified in the list or schedule hereto annexed, exclusive of four hundred and twenty-two votes for, and none against, the said Amended Constitution, rejected as having been irregularly taken or certified.

Given under our hands, this 16th day of April, 1863.

A. D. Soper, Pres’t,
Daniel Lamb,
J. W. Paxton,
P. G. Van Winkle,
E. B. Hall,
E. H. Caldwell,
Executive Com.


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

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