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Many ‘Firsts’ Put West Virginia on the Map

Innovations Shaped State’s History

June 16, 2013

WHEELING — President Abraham Lincoln broke new ground in 1863 when he admitted West Virginia as the 35th state in the Union — so it seems fitting that those who have called the state’s mountains and......

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Jun-16-13 8:27 PM

"America's first state sales tax went into effect in West Virginia on July 1, 1921."

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Jun-16-13 5:15 PM

First American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature....Pearl Buck of Hillsboro, West Virginia.

Kinda more uplifting than having the first family to get food stamps.

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Jun-16-13 12:32 AM

The reporter may want to mention one of the first elementary schools for black children in the US was opened in Wheeling in 1866 on 12th Street;just after the Civil War.This would have been a felony in antebellum Virginia.

Women teachers in the extraordinary public schools of Wheeling after the War were among the first in the US to be paid the same as men: early 1870s.

Wheeling was among the first public education systems in the US to offer English as a second language in night schools for the huge German population in the City in the years after after the Civil War.

Wheeling was on the vanguard of glass, iron and steel manufacturing technology after the War.

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