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PRICE, Samuel, senator, born in Fauquier county, Virginia. 18 August, 1805 ; died in Leesburg, West Virginia, 25 February, 1884. He removed to Preston county, Virginia (now W. Va.), at twelve years of age, received a common-school education, and settled in the practice of law in Nicholas county. After serving two terms in the legislature he removed to Wheeling, and subsequently to Lewisburg, and represented Green-brier county for many years in the legislature. He was a leader in all schemes for internal improvement west of the Blue Ridge, and an originator of the proposition to establish a railroad from Tidewater, Virginia, to Ohio river. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1851, and of the Secession convention in 1861, and earnestly opposed disunion in the latter body, but, on the passage of the ordinance of secession, supported the measures that followed. He was elected lieutenant-governor in 1863, and served as president of the state senate till the close of the war. He was appointed a circuit judge in 1865, but declined to take the test oath and did not serve. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States senate in 1876, was president of the West Virginia constitution convention in 1872, and in 1876 was appointed by the governor to fill out the unexpired term of Allen T. Caperton, deceased, in the United States senate, serving four months.
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