Aretas B. Fleming

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Aretas B. Fleming
8th Governor of West Virginia
In office
February 6, 1890 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by Emanuel Willis Wilson
Succeeded by William A. MacCorkle
Personal details
Born (1839-10-15)October 15, 1839
Fairmont, West Virginia
Died October 13, 1923(1923-10-13) (aged 83)
Fairmont, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carrie Watson Fleming
Profession Politician

Aretas Brooks Fleming (October 15, 1839 – October 13, 1923) was the 8th Governor of West Virginia. In 1865, he married Carrie Watson.[1] When he ran as the Democratic nominee in 1888, the election was disputed by the Legislature. In 1890, the Legislature agreed that Fleming had defeated Nathan Goff, Jr. Both Fleming and Goff were sworn in as Governor on March 4, 1889.[2]

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled that outgoing governor Emmanuel Willis Wilson would remain Governor; State Senate President Robert S. Carr had claimed authority until the Court reached its decision. In 1890, the Legislature agreed that Fleming had defeated Nathan Goff, Jr. As a result, Fleming did not assume the office until February 6, 1890. He left office in 1893 and died on October 13, 1923. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery. A large obelisk marks his grave.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
  2. ^ West Virginia Archives & History: Emanuel Willis Wilson
  3. ^ West Virginia Archives & History: Aretas Brooks Fleming

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Political offices
Preceded by
Emanuel Willis Wilson
Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
William A. MacCorkle