Hardesty's History of Wirt County


The first circuit court convened on the 4th day of April, 1848,
at the house of Alfred Beauchamp as prescribed by law, David
McComas, Esq., one of the judges of the general court of Virginia,
and judge of the circuit superior court of law and chancery of the
19th circuit in the 10th district, presiding.  The first duty of the
court was the election of a clerk;  Albert G. Stringer was elected,
and at once came into court, took the oaths prescribed by law and
gave bond in the penalty of $10,000, with John G. Stringer, H.
Kvger, D. Wilkinson and Clermont E. Thaw as his bondsmen.
John G. Stringer was then appointed commonwealth’s attorney,
and his salary fixed at $50.  Then Edward Tracewell was
appointed tipstaff or crier of the court, there being neither sheriff
or coroner in the county at the time. William E. Lockhart was 
then appointed commissioner in chancery, and Daniel Wilkinson
and William P. Rathbone, commissioners to take depositions.
John F. Snodgrass, James M. Stephenson, John G. Stringer, Peter
G. Van Winkle, Jacob B. Blair, Arthur I. Boreman, John J. 
Jackson , jr., Clermont E. Thaw, John E. Hays and John O.
Lockhart appeared in court and presented certificates granting
them permission to practice law in the courts of this common-
wealth, and thereupon they were each granted a license to practice
in the courts of this county. Thus was instituted the first Wirt 
county bar, and it is doubtful if any bar in the State ever possessed 
a greater array of talent. Snodgrass was afterward a member of 
congress; Stephenson represented Wood county in the general 
assembly of Virginia; Van Winkle was one of the first two 
United States senators from West Virginia; Blair was afterward
a member of congress, minister to Costa Rica during Johnson's 
administration, and is at present judge of the United States court
for the district of Wyoming Territory.  Boreman became judge
of the 19th judicial circuit, served two terms as governor of West
Virginia, and represented the same in the United States senate. 
Jackson was afterward commonwealth's-attorney for Wood county,
represented the same in the general assembly, and was president 
of the Second National Bank of Parkersburg from 1865 until his 
death. He was the father of Jacob B. Jackson, the present 
governor of the State, J. J. Jackson, present judge of the United 
States district court of West Virginia, and J. M. Jackson, judge 
of the 5th judicial circuit of West Virginia.

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