Granville D. Hall

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Granville Davisson Hall
Secretary of State of West Virginia
Personal details
Born(1837-09-17)September 17, 1837
Shinnston, Harrison County, Virginia
DiedJune 24, 1934(1934-06-24) (aged 96)
Glencoe, Cook County, Illinois
Resting placeMemorial Gardens, Skokie, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Granville Davisson Hall (September 17, 1837 – June 24, 1934) was an American journalist, businessman and politician who helped found the state of West Virginia during the American Civil War. He served as the Secretary of State of West Virginia and as the private secretary of the first governor, Arthur Boreman, and eventually wrote seven books, including The Rending of Virginia to counteract the growing Lost Cause myth.[1] After the Civil War, Hall became involved in the railroad industry in Kentucky, eventually becoming President of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, but later moved to Glencoe, Illinois where he continued writing and served as the village clerk.[2]

Early and family life[edit]

Born in Harrison County, Virginia, he received a private education, then at the age of 17, began teaching school.


In 1859, Hall moved to Wheeling on the Ohio River, then Virginia's second largest city. He knew stenography and took at job with the Wheeling Intelligencer. However, he returned home to Harrison County, only to return to Wheeling as Virginians were asked to vote on secession, as recommended by the Virginia Secession Convention of 1861

Death and legacy[edit]

Hall died at his Glencoe home and was buried at Memorial Gardens in nearby Skokie, Illinois.


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  2. ^ Venham, Christy "Granville Davisson Hall." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 29 November 2012. Web. 01 September 2019.

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