Governor:Arthur I. Boreman
Boyers of Tyler County, who published the Virginia Plaindealer, was elected as the first Secretary of State of West Virginia.
He later served as president of the Board of Supervisors and was Free School Superintendent of Tyler County for six years.
Hall of Harrison County served as the second Secretary of State.
He was a chronicler, businessman, and state founder. He also served as private secretary to West Virginia’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman.
Witcher of Harrison County served as the third Secretary of State.
He enrolled in the Union Army as a first lieutenant and went up through the ranks to lieutenant colonel before the end of the civil war. In 1869 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served until 1871.
Governor:William E. Stevenson
Pipes was born in Green County, Pennsylvania and served as the fourth Secretary of State.
Pipes was a Captain in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at Gettysburg.
Governor:John J. Jacob
Phelps was born in 1821 and served as the fifth Secretary of State.
He was elected as the first President of the West Virginia State Senate which first convened in Wheeling on June 20, 1863. He served in the State Senate until 1865 and again from 1869-1870.
Hedrick of Kanawha County served as the sixth Secretary of State
He was an able accomplished lawyer, being at one time a candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Governor:Henry M. Mathews
Sobieski Brady was born in 1816 in the state of Pennsylvania and served as the seventh Secretary of State.
With the election Hon. Henry M. Mathews, Mr. Brady received the appointment of Secretary of State, which office he ably occupied till the expiration of Governor Mathews' term.
Governor:Jacob B. Jackson
Randolph Stalnaker was born in what is known today as Greenbrier County in 1847 and served as the eight Secretary of State.
From 1868 until 1876 he was a merchant in Lewisburg. In 1877 he became private secretary to Governor H. M. Mathews, and served in that capacity four years.
Governor:Emanuel Willis Wilson
Walker served as the ninth Secretary of State.
He was the editor of the Charleston Courier.
Governor:Aretas B. Fleming
Ohley served as the tenth Secretary of State.
He only served for three years instead of the customary four-year term due to the close gubernatorial race in 1888. The state legislature was forced to determined the outcome.
Governor:William A. MacCorkle
William Chilton was born in what is known today as St. Albans and served as the eleventh Secretary of State.
He became involved in the newspaper business and was a very big part of what is today's Charleston Gazette.
Governor:G. W. Atkinson - A. B. White
Dawson was born in Bloomington, Maryland and served as the twelfth Secretary of State
He served two terms as Secretary of State until 1905, at which time he was elected as the twelfth Governor of West Virginia and served until 1909.
Governor:William M. O. Dawson
Swisher was born in Marion County and served as the thirteenth Secretary of State.
He started out in life as a mine boy in the employ the Fairmont Coal Company, driving mules.
Governor:W. E. Glasscock - H. D. Hatfield
Reed was born near Philippi in Barbour County and served as the fourteenth Secretary of State
He was elected to WV's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House and served there until 1925.
Governor:J. J. Cornwell - E. F. Morgan
Young was born in Harrison County and served as the fifteenth Secretary of State.
He briefly served as Secretary of the Capitol Complex Planning Commission while serving as Secretary of State.
Governor:H. M. Gore - W. G. Conley
Sharp was from Pocahontas County and served as the sixteenth Secretary of State.
After leaving office he served as chair of the Pocahontas Republican Party from 1940-1945.
Governor:Kump, Holt, Neely, Meadows
O'Brien was born in Barbour County and served 4 terms as the seventeenth Secretary of State.
He was also elected to the 3rd West Virginia Congressional District to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1927 to 1929.
Governor:O. L. Patteson - W. C Marland
O'Brien was born in Buckhannon and served as the eighteenth Secretary of State.
He served in the U.S. Army during both World Wars and was the son of Secretary of State William O'Brien.
Governor:Cecil H. Underwood
Holt was appointed as the nineteenth Secretary of State by Governor Cecil Underwood after the sudden passing of D. Pitt O'Brien.
She became the first female to serve as Secretary of State and the first female to serve on the West Virginia Board of Public Works.
Governor:C. H. Underwood - W. W. Barron
Burdett was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and served as the twentieth Secretary of State
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Governor:Hulett C. Smith
Robert Bailey was born in Wyoming County and served as the twenty-first Secretary of State.
He was appointed in 1965 to fill an unexpired term and was elected to a full term in 1966.
Governor:Arch A. Moore Jr.
Rockefeller was born in New York City and served as the twenty-second Secretary of State.
He has served 2 terms as Governor and 5 terms as a U.S. Senator. He retired in 2014.
Heiskell was born in Morgantown and served as the twenty-third Secretary of State
He joined the USAF and became a combat-qualified F-102 fighter pilot with the North American Air Defense Command and Air National Guard.
McCartney was born in Meyersdale Somerset, Pennsylvania and served as the twenty-fourth Secretary of State.
He served 4 1/2 years in the U.S. Army as a tank company commander. He was awarded the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fougerre, and was cited for bravery by the British Army.
Manchin was born in Farmington and served as the twenty-fifth Secretary of State.
Between his time in the West Virginia legislature and his tenure as Secretary of State and State Treasurer, Manchin was also appointed State Director of the Farmers Home Administration by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Governor:Moore, Caperton, Underwood
Hechler was born in Roslyn, New York and served as the twenty-sixth Secretary of State.
During World War II he was awarded a Bronze Star and 5 battle stars as an Army Officer. He served 3 terms as Secretary of State.
Manchin was born in Farmington and served as the twenty-seventh Secretary of State.
He went on to serve as Governor and is currently serving as a U.S. Senator.
Governor:Joe Manchin III
Ireland was born in Charleston and served as the twenty-eight Secretary of State.
She was also the first woman elected to the executive branch of West Virginia state government.
Governor:Earl Ray Tomblin
Tennant was born in Fairview and served as the twenty-ninth Secretary of State.
While at WVU, she was selected in 1990 as the first woman to represent the university as the Mountaineers' mascot.
Served: 2017 - Present
Warner is currently serving as the thirtieth Secretary of State.
He served as the Chief of International Law for the United States Army Europe, was an instructor at the Army Judge Advocate General's School, and served on the Staff at the U.S. Army War College.
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