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Preston County
West Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Preston County

Index to Locations

  • Kingwood Maplewood Cemetery
  • Masontown Masontown Cemetery


    Maplewood Cemetery
    Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      William Mercer Owens Dawson (1853-1916) — also known as William M. O. Dawson — of Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Bloomington, Garrett County, Md., May 21, 1853. Republican. Newspaper editor; lawyer; chair of Preston County Republican Party, 1875-88; member of West Virginia state senate, 1881-88 (10th District 1881-82, 11th District 1883-88); mayor of Kingwood, W.Va., 1890-91; West Virginia Republican state chair, 1892-1904; secretary of state of West Virginia, 1897-1905; Governor of West Virginia, 1905-09. Died in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., March 12, 1916 (age 62 years, 296 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Dawson and Leah (Knight) Dawson; married 1879 to Luda Neff; married 1899 to Maude Brown.
      See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Gay Brown (1800-1884) — also known as William G. Brown — of Kingwood, Preston County, Va. (now W.Va.). Born in Kingwood, Preston County, Va. (now W.Va.), September 25, 1800. Democrat. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1832, 1840-43; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1845-49, 1861-63 (15th District 1845-49, 10th District 1861-63); delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1860; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1863-65; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Preston County, 1872-73. Slaveowner. Died in Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va., April 19, 1884 (age 83 years, 207 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Juliet Ann Roberts Byrne (1810-1851); father of William Gay Brown Jr. (1856-1916).
      Political family: Dolliver-Brown family of Kingwood, West Virginia.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Gay Brown Jr. (1856-1916) — also known as William G. Brown, Jr. — of Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Kingwood, Preston County, Va. (now W.Va.), April 7, 1856. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1908; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1911-16; defeated, 1896; died in office 1916. Died in Washington, D.C., March 9, 1916 (age 59 years, 337 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Gay Brown; cousin *** of Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver (1858-1910).
      Political family: Dolliver-Brown family of Kingwood, West Virginia.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Clark McGrew (1813-1910) — also known as James C. McGrew — of Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va. Born near Brandonville, Monongalia County, Va. (now W.Va.), September 14, 1813. Republican. Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Preston County, 1863-65; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1869-73; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1880. Died in Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va., September 18, 1910 (age 97 years, 4 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Edward Lee Allen (1865-1951) — also known as Robert E. Lee Allen — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Lima, Tyler County, W.Va., November 28, 1865. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1923-25; defeated, 1924, 1926. Baptist. Died in Mountain Lake Park, Garrett County, Md., January 28, 1951 (age 85 years, 61 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Robert E. Lee
      Relatives: Son of Osborne Allen and Jane (Langfitta) Allen; married, July 19, 1892, to Katherine Protzmen.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Melvin Claude Snyder (1898-1972) — also known as Melvin C. Snyder — of Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Albright, Preston County, W.Va., October 29, 1898. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Kingwood, W.Va., 1926; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1947-49; defeated, 1938, 1948, 1950; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; circuit judge in West Virginia for the 18th Judicial Circuit, 1953-71. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Rotary. Died in Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va., August 5, 1972 (age 73 years, 281 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Allison Wirt Snyder and Laura (Jenkins) Snyder; married, July 13, 1925, to Mabel Price.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
    A. L. Reed Archie L. Reed (b. 1898) — also known as A. L. Reed — of Newburg, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Fellowsville, Preston County, W.Va., October 6, 1898. Republican. Automobile dealer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Preston County, 1941-44; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1945-60. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Rotary. Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of J. Q. Reed and Virginia (Ridgeway) Reed; married, June 15, 1919, to Madge Marie Morrow.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
      P. J. Crogan — of Preston County, W.Va. Democrat. Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1888. Interment at Maplewood Cemetery.


    Masontown Cemetery
    Masontown, Preston County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Sanford L. Cobun — of Masontown, Preston County, W.Va. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Preston County, 1911-14; member of West Virginia state senate 14th District, 1917-20. Interment at Masontown Cemetery.

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