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Gen. W. W. Shriver

Politician, businessman

-- OBITUARY: from the Wheeling Intelligencer, Feb. 27, 1880


Obituary of General W. W. Shriver, 1887

General W. W. Shriver, one of the oldest residents of this city, died at his home on Main street yesterday. He has been ailing for some months past, his illness being mainly a gradual failure of strength and health from advancing years. At the time of his death he had reached the age of seventy-five, and the greater portion of his life was spent in the community. He came here from Cumberland, Md., and inheriting a good deal of wealth, became identified with a good many of the larger commercial interest of the city. He was one of the projectors of the famous Union line of steamers, which many of our older citizens remember, and took an active interest in public affairs as well as in his own private ventures. In 1847 he was Mayor of the city in 1863 a member of the House of Delegates from this county. Among his other public services, for which he will be gratefully remembered, was the stocking of the Potomac river with the bass which have since furnished many a good day's sport to fishermen, as well as food to dwellers upon the main stream and its tributaries. Up to his retirement, a year or two since, Gen. Shriver was engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He leaves a large family.

Another death which will be sincerely regretted was announced yesterday. A telegram was received in the forenoon stating that Mrs. T. H. Norton, wife of Major Tom Norton, of this city, died at Hammondsport, New York, early in the day. The news was not expected, advices previously received indication that her illness was hopeless. During her brief residence here Mrs. Norton won the regard of all who knew her, and the heartiest sympathy of this community is tendered to her grief stricken husband and family.

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