Flashermac Posted July 16, 2011 Report Share Posted July 16, 2011 I do recall a history class where teh teacher said there were a few states who had questionable admission to the union. Even Abe Lincoln admitted that West Virginia's creation was illegal. About half a dozen counties in the northernwestern-most part of Virginia - on the Pennsylvania and Ohio borders and largely settled by Yankees - were pro-Union. They "formed" a government, petitioned Washington for recognition, and eventually created West Virginia in 1863, even though a state may not be divided without its own consent. Since the pro-Union counties hardly were big enough for a state, they included all of western Virginia and even the northern end of the Shenandoah valley. About 2/3rds of the counties placed in West Virginia had voted for secession! Even in the six pro-Union counties the vote had been rigged. It's known that in one county the only people allowed to vote were Union soldiers who lived in other states. When the Confed vets came home after the war, they were extremely pissed off. The governor of West Virginia tried to find ways to keep them from voting, since they knew he would throw him out of office at the next election. Even Union supporters in the "stolen" counties were furious at being taken from Virginia and placed under a virtual dictatorship. They went to the Supreme Court to demand they be restored to Virginia. But this was during Reconstruction, and the SC simply said Congress was allowed to do whatever it wanted. If an honest decision were ever made by the SC, West Virginia would clearly be declared illegal. Then I suppose the counties could vote on which state they wanted to belong to. Two of them - Berkeley and Jefferson in the WVA panhandle - would definitely vote for Virginia. So would some other counties along WVA's eastern edge. But don't expect the SC to take it up, too big a can of worms. p.s. Wyoming is an odd situation. Congress rejected the name for the state chosen by its voters and named if after a valley in Pennsylvania. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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