Emanuel Willis Wilson

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Emanuel Willis Wilson
7th Governor of West Virginia
In office
March 4, 1885 – February 6, 1890
Preceded byJacob B. Jackson
Succeeded byAretas B. Fleming
Personal details
Born(1844-08-11)August 11, 1844
Harpers Ferry, Virginia
(now West Virginia)
DiedMay 28, 1905(1905-05-28) (aged 60)
Charleston, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Henrietta Cotton Wilson

Emanuel Willis Wilson (August 11, 1844 – May 28, 1905) was the seventh Governor of West Virginia in 1884. He is most notable for being the Governor during the period of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Wilson was married to Henrietta Cotton.[1] When the Legislature disputed the Election of 1888, both Governor Wilson and State Senate President Robert S. Carr claimed the right to sit as Governor until the dispute was resolved. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled that Wilson should remain Governor. He left office on February 6, 1890 because the Legislature had decided Aretas B. Fleming had defeated Nathan Goff, Jr.. After leaving the Governor's Office, Wilson had an unsuccessful bid for Congress. He died on May 28, 1905.[2]

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  1. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jacob B. Jackson
Democratic nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Aretas B. Fleming
Political offices
Preceded by
George H. Moffett
Speaker of the WV House of Delegates
Succeeded by
Joseph J. Woods
Preceded by
Jacob B. Jackson
Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Aretas B. Fleming