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Governor Aretas Brooks Fleming

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Office Dates:  Feb 05, 1890 - Mar 04, 1893

Born:  Oct 15, 1839

Passed:  Oct 13, 1923

Birth State:  West Virginia

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Carrie M. Watson; four children

School(s):  University of Virginia Law School


ARETAS BROOKS FLEMING was born in Fairmont, Virginia (now West Virginia). He began the practice of law after attending the University of Virginia Law School. He served as Prosecuting Attorney of Marion County, as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, and as Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial District of West Virginia. He ran for Governor in 1888, and while the popular vote showed his Republican opponent to be the winner, he challenged the outcome on the ground that more votes had been cast than there were qualified voters based on poll-tax assessments. Fleming was ultimately declared the winner and inaugurated more than one year after the election had taken place. During the remainder of his term, a State Bureau of Labor was established with the power to regulate mining. After leaving office, Fleming resumed his law practice and later became a director of the Fairmont Coal Company.

Sources:

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 12.  New York: James T. White & Company.

West Virginia Archives and History