Aretas Brooks Fleming

Gov. Aretas Brooks Fleming

West Virginia

Term(s)
February 5, 1890 - March 4, 1893

Born
October 15, 1839

Passed
October 13, 1923

Party
Democrat

School(s)
University of Virginia Law School

Birth State
West Virginia

Family:
Married Carrie M. Watson; four children

BIO

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.

Source

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

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