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  1. The first thing anyone needs to know on this subject is that West Virginians never wanted to leave Virginia. Only 18,408 voted for statehood, there were 77,211 voters in West Virginia at that time. Half the counties had voted in favor of the Confederacy in May 23, 1861, just a few months before the statehood vote.

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  3. , lives in Virginia (1999-present) The first thing anyone needs to know on this subject is that West Virginians never wanted to leave Virginia. Only 18,408 voted for statehood, there were 77,211 voters in West Virginia at that time. Half the counties had voted in favor of the Confederacy in May 23, 1861, just a few months before the statehood vote.

  4. “John Brown’s raid contributed greatly to the coming of civil war to the United States, and without that war, the state of West Virginia would probably never have been created,” historian John Alexander Williams writes in West Virginia: A History. The Civil War

  5. As the Washington Post noted in 2020, when West Virginia legislators invited Virginia counties to split from Virginia and become part of West Virginia during a political uproar over legislation affecting guns: 8

  6. So, they were all for getting that land back at that time. West Virginia won that Supreme Court case and later dealings basically had Virginia acknowledge West Virginia's statehood. West Virginia, once they had their own state level control and power, didn't exactly want to give that up.

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