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CAPERTON, Allen Taylor, senator, born near Union, Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia), 21 November, 1810" died in Washington, District of Columbia, 26 July, 1876. After attending school in Huntsville, Alabama, and entering the University of Virginia, he went to Yale, where he was graduated in 1832, and studied law at Staunton, Virginia He was a director of the James River and Kanawha canal, and served in both houses of the Virginia legislature, his last term in the senate being in 1859-'60. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1861, and opposed secession until the beginning of hostilities. He was elected to the Confederate states senate in 1863, and served till the fall of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. He was chosen to represent West Virginia in the United States senate for the full term beginning 4 March. 1875, and was a member of the committees on claims, railroads, and the revision of the laws. After the close of the war Senator Caperton took an active part in bringing the coal, timber, and grazing lands of West Virginia to the notice of distant capitalists.
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