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Governor William M.O. Dawson

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Office Dates:  Mar 04, 1905 - Mar 04, 1909

Born:  May 21, 1853

Passed:  Mar 12, 1916

Birth State:  Maryland

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married twice--Luda Neff, Maude Brown; one child by his first marriage and one child by his second marriage

WILLIAM M.O. DAWSON was born in Bloomington, Maryland. After serving as editor of West Virginia’s Preston County Journal, he purchased the paper and directed its publication for nearly twenty years. He was the Preston County Republican Committee Chairman for thirteen years, and served from 1881 to 1889 in the West Virginia State Senate. He was clerk of the State House of Delegates in 1894 and Mayor of Kingwood, West Virginia, in 1895. Two years later, he was appointed Secretary of State, serving two terms before running for governor. He practiced law in Charleston after completing his gubernatorial term.


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West Virginia Archives and History