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West Virginia: A Timeline

June 20, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The following is a timeline of the formation of West Virginia as the 35th state.



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The First Wheeling


Calling for the state of "New Virginia," Carlile argued that Virginia must consent to the separation before it seceded from the Union. He felt that this was the only way to comply with Section Three of Article Four of the U.S. Constitution, which outlines the procedure by which one state is created from another.

The Committee on State and Federal Relations recommended that a new state not be formed at this time and advised waiting for the results of the May 23 referendum.

The State Referendum on Secession

The Second Wheeling Convention

The First Constitutional Convention, Wheeling


"Well, if we call it by that name there is still difference enough between secession against the Constitution and secession in favor of the Constitution.

"I believe the admission of West Virginia into the Union is expedient."


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