Historic documents found in fire-proof vault

By Anna Sale
Much of the paperwork of state government has to go through Secretary of State Betty Ireland’s office and keeping track can be a chore. Her staff recently discovered a set of paperwork that has been misfiled for 144 years: A stash of historic documents that date back to the state’s founding, kept for years in the office’s fire-proof vault. They include the first entry in the state’s Executive Journal that records the oath of office of West Virginia’s first governor, and the first recorded copy of the state constitution.

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