Van Winkle, Peter G.; Willey, Waitman T.

West Virginia’s 1st US Senators: one joined 6 other GOP Senators against impeaching Andrew Johnson, one presented petition to Congress to admit West Virginia into the Union

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PETER G. VAN WINKLE (1808-1872) One of West Virginia’s 1st US Senators, served 1863-69. Born in New York City, studied law and was admitted to the bar in Parkersburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1835. A member of the 1850 Virginia State constitutional convention, he was treasurer and later president of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad Co. in 1852 and a member of the 1861 Wheeling Convention. He was a delegate to the convention which framed the constitution of West Virginia and a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1863. Upon admission of West Virginia as a State, he was elected as a Unionist to the US Senate and served August 4, 1863-March 4, 1869. He was chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the 40th Congress. During President Johnson's impeachment trial, Van Winkle, with 6 other Republican senators, broke party ranks and voted for acquittal. These Republican senators were disturbed by how the proceedings had been manipulated to give a one-sided presentation of the evidence. Senators William Pitt Fessenden, Joseph S. Fowler, James W. Grimes, John B. Henderson, Lyman Trumbull, Peter G. Van Winkle, and Edmund G. Ross of Kansas (who provided the decisive vote) defied party and public opinion and voted against impeachment. After the trial, Ben Butler conducted hearings on widespread reports that the 7 had been bribed to vote for Johnson's acquittal. In Butler's hearings, and in subsequent inquiries, there was evidence that some acquittal votes were acquired by promises of patronage jobs and cash. He was a delegate to the 1866 Southern Loyalist Convention at Philadelphia. WAITMAN T. WILLEY (1811-1900) Lawyer and politician from Morgantown, West Virginia, represented both Virginia & West Virginia in the US Senate (Unionist-Republican), one of West Virginia's 1st two US Senators. Born near present day Farmington, West Virginia, settled at Morgantown in 1833. He was Clerk of the County Court of Monongalia County 1841-52 and in 1852 was Whig candidate for Congress. He became an activist at the First Wheeling Convention for West Virginia statehood. The "Restored Government of Virginia" elected him to the US Senate to fill the vacancy of Senator James M. Mason, serving July 9, 1861-March 4, 1863. On May 29, 1862, he presented the petition to Congress for the creation of West Virginia. He was elected one of the 1st two US Senators from West Virginia, serving August 4, 1863-March 4, 1871. 4 ¼ x 7 ½ partial autograph album page signed by Van Winkle and Willey as US Senators, both adding “West Va.” under their signatures. undated but ca. 1869.

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