Few People Know How Many Names This State Went Through Before It Became West Virginia

Back when this land we now occupy was still the state of Virginia, the First Constitutional Convention was held in Wheeling after the western counties of Virginia rejected the state’s intent to secede from the Union, and in so doing, decided a secession from Virginia was necessary to maintain their loyalty to the United States. But what would they call their new state? Many names were considered before landing on West Virginia.

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Did you know that this many names were considered before West Virginia was chosen? Feel free to comment below and join the discussion.

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