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Matthew Mansfield NEELY

Male 1874 - 1958  (83 years)


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  • Name Matthew Mansfield NEELY 
    Born 9 Nov 1874  Grove, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  New Milton District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1900  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1903  Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1910, 1920, 1930  Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education Salem College, West Virginia University 
    Occupation mayor, US Congressman, US Senator, WV Governor (1941-45) 
    Military Spanish-American War 
    Died 18 Jan 1958  Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Matthew Mansfield Neely was born in a log cabin near Grove, Doddridge County, on Nov 9 1874. At age eighteen, he began teaching in Mineral County. After studying at Salem College and West Virginia University, he entered the military during the Spanish-American War. In 1907, Neely was elected mayor of Fairmont. As a Marion County Democrat, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1921 and in the United States Senate from 1923 to 1929 and 1931 to 1940. He resigned his Senate seat and the important position of chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to run for governor, and he was elected to that office in 1940.

      Neely's candidacy was the result of a split within the Democratic party. With the support of labor, he backed improvements in unemployment compensation and the establishment of a human rights commission. The major accomplishments of Neely's administration included a new law requiring higher appropriations to the State Health Department for cancer treatment, an increase in welfare grants, reforms at state institutions, an increase in the teachers' retirement pension, stricter enforcement of the child labor law, and better mine inspections, which reduced the number of coal mine accidents.

      In 1942, in the middle of his term as governor, Neely made the controversial decision to run for his old United States Senate seat. He was defeated. Neely was elected to the House of Representatives at the end of his term in 1944 but was defeated in a 1946 bid for re-election. From 1949 to 1958, he again served in the Senate. For decades, he controlled the state's Democratic "machine," hand-picking candidates to receive the party's nomination for the state's highest public offices. Neely died in Washington, D.C., on Jan 18 1958.

      Source: http://www.wvculture.org/history/government/governors/neely.html
    Person ID I62894  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2019 

    Father Alfred Newlon NEELY,   b. 5 May 1831, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1906  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Mary Martha MORRIS,   b. 24 Sep 1849, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1938, Belington, Barbour Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1871  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alberta Claire RAMAGE,   b. 1881, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1976  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1903  Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Alfred Ramage NEELY,   b. 5 Oct 1904, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1970, Monongalia Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. John Champ NEELY,   b. 14 Jan 1914, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 2001  (Age 87 years)
     3. Corinne NEELY,   b. 15 Dec 1915, Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 2009  (Age 93 years)
    Documents
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    Family ID F26171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Nov 1874 - Grove, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Oct 1903 - Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910, 1920, 1930 - Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jan 1958 - Washington, DC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, Marion Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1998] 1900 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union District).

    2. [S1835] Marion County Marriage Records, Fairmont, WV.

    3. [S2082] 1880 Census, Doddridge County, WV (New Milton District).

    4. [S934] Findagrave.com.