VAN WINKLE, Peter Godwin (1808-1872)

VAN WINKLE, PETER GODWIN, (granduncle of Marshall Van Winkle), a Senator from West Virginia; born in New York City, September 7, 1808; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Parkersburg, Va. (now West Virginia), in 1835; president of the town board of trustees 1844-1850; member of the Virginia State constitutional convention in 1850; treasurer and later president of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad Co. in 1852; member of the Wheeling reorganization convention in 1861; delegate to the State convention which framed the constitution of West Virginia; member, West Virginia house of delegates 1863; upon the admission of West Virginia as a State into the Union was elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate and served from August 4, 1863, to March 3, 1869; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fortieth Congress); delegate to the Southern Loyalist Convention at Philadelphia, Pa., in 1866; resided in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he died April 15, 1872; interment in River View Cemetery.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: 1 item to Van Winkle in Mary Rivers Allen collection, 1846-1881.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: 1827-1872. 1 foot. Correspondence about contemporary politics, speeches, scrapbooks, clippings, and a private journal.
Additional Papers: In Parkersburg, West Virginia, Town Council records, 1826-1862, 1869-1874, on 1 microfilm reel.

  • Bayless, R.W. "Peter G. Van Winkle and Waitman T. Willey in the Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson.'' West Virginia History 13 (January 1952): 75-89.
  • Howard, Thomas W. "Peter G. Van Winkle's Vote in the Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson: A West Virginian as a Profile in Courage.'' West Virginia History 35 (July 1974): 290-95.
  • Roske, Ralph J. "The Seven Martyrs?'' American Historical Review 64 (January 1959): 323-30.
  • Sturm, Philip, "Senator Peter G. Van Winkle and the Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial: A Comprehensive View." West Virginia History 58 (1999-2000): 24-43.
  • Whitener, Evert F. "Peter Godwin Van Winkle.'' Master's thesis, University of West Virginia, 1946.