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Scotch-Irish ancestry Politicians in West Virginia

  John Mathews (1768-1849) — of Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, Va. (now W.Va.). Born in Rockbridge County, Va., October 30, 1768. Surveyor; lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates from Greenbrier County, 1798-1802, 1803-05, 1813-15, 1816-17. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, Va (now W.Va.), November 10, 1849 (age 81 years, 11 days). Interment at Old Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewisburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Mathews and Frances (Crowe) Mathews; brother of James William Mathews; married to Catharine Pope; granduncle of Peter Johnston Otey; great-grandfather of Wythe Leigh Kinsolving.
  Political family: Kinsolving-Mathews family of Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Matthew M. Neely Matthew Mansfield Neely (1874-1958) — also known as Matthew M. Neely — of Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va. Born in Grove, Doddridge County, W.Va., November 9, 1874. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; mayor of Fairmont, W.Va., 1908-10; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 1st District, 1913-21, 1945-47; defeated, 1920, 1946; U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1923-29, 1931-41, 1949-58; defeated, 1928; resigned 1941; defeated, 1942; died in office 1958; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1952, 1956; Governor of West Virginia, 1941-45. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Eagles; Delta Chi; Phi Sigma Kappa; Phi Beta Kappa; Americans for Democratic Action; United Spanish War Veterans. Died, from cancer, in the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 18, 1958 (age 83 years, 70 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Newlon Neely and Mary (Morris) Neely; married, October 21, 1903, to Alberta Claire Ramage; grandfather of Richard Neely.
  Cross-reference: George Arnold — Charles Lively
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: U.S. passport application (1919)
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