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West Virginia: U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators from West Virginia, 1863-2018 (May be incomplete!)
Peter G. Van Winkle 1863-69 Waitman T. Willey 1863-71 Arthur I. Boreman 1869-75 Henry G. Davis 1871-83 Allen T. Caperton 1875-76 Samuel Price 1876-77 Frank Hereford 1877-81 Johnson N. Camden 1881-87 John E. Kenna 1883-93 Charles J. Faulkner 1887-99 Johnson N. Camden 1893-95 Stephen B. Elkins 1895-1911 Nathan B. Scott 1899-1911 Davis Elkins 1911 Clarence W. Watson 1911-13 William E. Chilton 1911-17 Nathan Goff, Jr. 1913-19 Howard Sutherland 1917-23 Davis Elkins 1919-25 Matthew M. Neely 1923-29 Guy D. Goff 1925-31 Henry D. Hatfield 1929-35 Matthew M. Neely 1931-41 Rush D. Holt 1935-41 Harley M. Kilgore 1941-56 Joseph Rosier 1941-42 Hugh Ike Shott 1942-43 Chapman Revercomb 1943-49 Matthew M. Neely 1949-58 William R. Laird III 1956 Chapman Revercomb 1956-59 John D. Hoblitzell, Jr. 1958 Jennings Randolph 1958-85 Robert C. Byrd 1959- Jay Rockefeller 1985- Carte Goodwin 2010 Joe Manchin 2010-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1876 Jul 26: Allen T. Caperton, died in office.
  • 1893 Jan 11: John E. Kenna, died in office.
  • 1911 Jan 4: Stephen B. Elkins, died in office.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Howard Sutherland (Rep), elected; William E. Chilton (Dem), defeated; G. A. Gneiser (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Davis Elkins (Rep), elected; Clarence W. Watson (Dem), defeated; M. S. Holt (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; Howard Sutherland (Rep), defeated; M. S. Holt (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1924: Benjamin L. Rosenbloom (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Guy D. Goff (Rep), elected; William E. Chilton (Dem), defeated; M. S. Holt (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1928: Howard M. Gore (Rep), defeated for nomination.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Henry D. Hatfield (Rep), elected; Matthew M. Neely (Dem), defeated; M. S. Holt (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; James E. Jones (Rep), defeated; John MacDonald (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1934 Aug 7: Rush D. Holt (Dem), nominated; Clem L. Shaver (Dem), defeated in primary; William E. Chilton (Dem), defeated in primary; J. Alfred Taylor (Dem), defeated in primary; Arthur B. Koontz (Dem), defeated in primary; Graham Sale (Dem), defeated in primary; Edmund M. Conaway (Dem), defeated in primary; John W. Caldwell (Dem), defeated in primary; Elbert E. Caldwell (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1934 Aug 7: Henry D. Hatfield (Rep), nominated; Benjamin L. Rosenbloom (Rep), defeated in primary; George M. Fisher (Rep), defeated in primary; Hattie Stein (Rep), defeated in primary; Washington I. Kilpatrick (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Rush D. Holt (Dem), elected; Henry D. Hatfield (Rep), defeated; John Wesley McDonald (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; Hugh Ike Shott (Rep), defeated.
  • 1940 May 14: Harley M. Kilgore (Dem), nominated; Herman Guy Kump (Dem), defeated in primary; Rush D. Holt (Dem), defeated in primary; J. Buhl Shahan (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 May 14: Thomas Sweeney (Rep), nominated; Carl G. Bachmann (Rep), defeated in primary; Ephraim F. Morgan (Rep), defeated in primary; Decatur H. Rodgers (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Harley M. Kilgore (Dem), elected; Thomas Sweeney (Rep), defeated.
  • 1941 Jan 12: Matthew M. Neely, resigned.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Hugh Ike Shott (Rep), elected; Joseph Rosier (Dem), defeated.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Chapman Revercomb (Rep), elected; Matthew M. Neely (Dem), defeated.
  • 1946 Aug 6: Harley M. Kilgore (Dem), nominated; J. Buhl Shahan (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1946 Aug 6: Thomas Sweeney (Rep), nominated; Claude R. Hill (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1946 Nov 5: Harley M. Kilgore (Dem), elected; Thomas Sweeney (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; Chapman Revercomb (Rep), defeated.
  • 1952: J. Hornor Davis II (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Aug 3: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), nominated; Sam B. Chilton (Dem), defeated in primary; Homer H. May (Dem), defeated in primary; Roy A. Warden (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Aug 3: Thomas Sweeney (Rep), nominated; Latelle M. LaFollette, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; Thomas Sweeney (Rep), defeated.
  • 1956 Feb 28: Harley M. Kilgore, died in office.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Chapman Revercomb (Rep), elected; William C. Marland (Dem), defeated.
  • 1958 Jan 18: Matthew M. Neely, died in office.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; Chapman Revercomb (Rep), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Jennings Randolph (Dem), elected; John D. Hoblitzell, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Jennings Randolph (Dem), elected; Cecil H. Underwood (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; Cooper P. Benedict (Rep), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Jennings Randolph (Dem), elected; Francis J. Love (Rep), defeated.
  • 1970 May 12: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), nominated; John J. McOwen (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1970 Nov 3: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; Elmer H. Dodson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Jennings Randolph (Dem), elected; Louise Leonard (Rep), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Jennings Randolph (Dem), elected; Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1982 Nov 2: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; Cleveland K. Benedict (Rep), defeated; William B. Hovland (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; John R. Raese (Rep), defeated; Mary E. Radin (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1988 Nov 8: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; M. Jay Wolfe (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; John C. Yoder (Rep), defeated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; Stan Klos (Rep), defeated.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; Betty A. Burks (Rep), defeated.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Robert C. Byrd (Dem), elected; David T. Gallaher (Rep), defeated; Joe Whelan (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; M. Jay Wolfe (Rep), defeated.
  • 2010 Jul 16: Carte Goodwin, appointed.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Joe Manchin (Dem), elected; John R. Raese (Rep), defeated; Jesse Clarence Johnson, Jr. (Mountain), defeated; Jeffrey Conrad Becker (Constitution), defeated.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Joe Manchin (Dem), elected; John R. Raese (Rep), defeated; Bob Henry Baber (Mountain), defeated.
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