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Biographical Sketches: Cyrus Kittle


Wheeling Intelligencer
September 5, 1863

CYRUS KITTLE, from Randolph and Tucker.

Col. Cyrus Kittle, the delegate from the district composing the counties of Randolph and Tucker, is a native of Randolph and is forty-five years of age. In person he is tall—fully six feet—very erect, and of vigorous frame. Dark brown hair and whiskers, eyes dark grey; forehead high and prominent; nose a decided Roman; high cheek bones and a complexion inclining to to be swarthy. A sharp twinkle of fun about the corners of his eyes and mouth. Dresses neatly but not expensively; wears a slouch hat and appears perfectly at home. Keeps a suit of blue homespun, consisting in part of a coat with a tail of marvelous brevity, which he wears only on rare occasions—say when he goes out to help catch John Morgan.

Mr. Kittle was brought up a farmer, and after roving about a little in the various parts of West Virginia, married at the age of 26 and settled in his native county, where he now owns large tracts of land. When the secession of Virginia was proposed he took a very decided position in opposition to it, and voted against the ordinance.

When the rebels in the spring of ’61 over-run his county, having made himself very obnoxious to them, he was necessarily made a fugitive from his home, and remained so for more than a year. When the government of the State was reorganized he took an active part in reorganizing his county. He was elected a justice of the peace and when the county court was reorganized was made the presiding justice—which position he held till elected to the present Legislature. He was also active in organizing the militia of his county and was commissioned Adjutant for the purpose by Gov. Peirpoint.

Col. Kittle has had some narrow escapes from the rebels. On one occasion a man was shot by his side, having been mistaken for him. He was at St. George when Capt. Hall’s little command of the 6th Virginia went up but succeeded in escaping. So much did the rebels hate him that for a long time they had a standing offer of reward for his arrest.

He was a Whig, and then a Know-nothing, and voted for Bell for President in ’60.

Has made no speeches yet in the House. Is a member of the Committee on Waste and Unappropriated Lands. Very punctual in attendance; never misses a vote or a chance for a joke. Is a genial and agreeable gentleman and a good member.


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