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5 Fun Facts About December 14 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1863, West Virginia became the first state to abolish slavery. On December 14 of that year, the state's new constitution was approved and officially ratified, including a provision that prohibited slavery.

2. The first American woman to be elected to statewide office was West Virginia's Nellie Ross in 1925. However, one year prior to her historic achievement, on December 14, 1924, a group of individuals formed the Women's Democratic Club of West Virginia in Charleston.

3. On December 14, 1907, the Marshall University football team played their first ever home game against Marietta College. This was a significant event in the history of West Virginia sports, as Marshall's football program would go on to become a major player in the region.

4. In 1964, the Monongahela Power Company completed a 502-mile transmission line to connect West Virginia's electrical grid with the neighboring Pennsylvania system. The line was a major infrastructure achievement for the state and helped to ensure reliable access to electricity for West Virginians. This transmission line went live on December 14, 1964.

5. The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia has a rich history of hosting high-profile guests and events, including members of the US Congress, heads of state and celebrities. On December 14, 1955, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower hosted a NATO conference at the Greenbrier, which was used as a meeting place for NATO officials during the Cold War.
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