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"The Capitol building is now in the possession of the State authorities, and flags are flying from the end towers."

- The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer the following day, Dec. 5, 1876:

Moving Into the Capitol Building.


The stars and stripes were floating gaily at either end of the new Capitol yesterday, and an Intelligencer reporter, upon inquiring the thusness of this unusual sight, was informed that the State officers had taken possession of their rooms in the building. The doors and corridors were blockaded with boxes, furniture, packages, etc., which numerous men and boys were employed in carrying to different parts of the building. The scene was one of bustle and activity, dust and disorder. His Excellency Governor Jacob sat calmly at his desk, in the midst of all the confusion, penning the following pronunciamento:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

December 4, 1876. On the 28th day of May, 1875, the Governor issued a proclamation declaring that the seat of government had been removed from Charleston to the city of Wheeling, in pursuance of an act passed February 20, 1873, entitled "An Act to remove the seat of Government temporarily to Wheeling," and also that "the Executive Officers had established their respective offices in the building known as the "Lindsley [sic] Institute,'" where the public was thereafter to be transacted until other accommodations should be provided. These offices have remained in the Lindsley [sic] Institute until this day, when they were removed to the building erected by the city to be used as State House. The Governor therefore doth order that from and after this date the offices of the Governor, Secretary of late, Auditor, Treasurer and State Superintendent of Free Schools be established in the rooms assigned to them in said building, and the business pertaining to the respective offices be transmitted therein until otherwise directed. 

JOHN J. JACOB."

- image from Callin's Wheeling City Directory, 1877-78, Special Collections, Ohio County Public Library

City-County Building Becomes State Capitol Building, December 4th, 1876


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