Edmund Sehon

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 317

EDMUND SEHON is president of the Sehon, Stevenson &
Company, Incorporated, wholesale grocers, one of the very
earliest wholesale houses established at Huntington and a
business that has been steadily asociated with the remark-
able growth and expansion of that city during the last three
decades. No one could surpass Mr. Sehon in pride and sat-
isfaction over the achievements of Huntington, and for
years he has been counted one of the city’s most enthusi-
astic and substantial boosters.

Mr. Sehon, who is one of the advisory editors of this
history of West Virginia, was born in Mason County this
state, September 14, 1843, son of John Leicester and Ag-
nes (Lewis) Sehon. His mother, Agnes Lewis, was a
granddaughter of Col. Charles Lewis, who was killed at
the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, a battle described
in the pages of West Virginia history as one of the most
decisive conflicts on the American frontier.

Mr. Sehon acquired his education at Westchester, Pennsyl-
vania, and early took up the study of law and began prac-
ticing soon after the close of the Civil war. In 1868 he
was elected state’s attorney of Greenbrier and Mercer
counties, but in 1870 he returned to his native county of
Mason. In 1875 he was elected a member of the Legisla-
ture. Mr. Sehon has been a resident of Huntington since
1890, in which year he organized the wholesale firm of
Sehon, Stevenson & Company. This was the second whole-
sale house in Huntington and is a business that is justly
regarded as one of the most important units in Huntington’s
growing greatness as a commercial center.

Mr. Sehon was elected mayor of Huntington in 1915, and
was head of the municipal government for three years. He
has been an active factor in the Huntington Chamber of
Commerce and practically every other organization designed
to promote the effective growth and development of the
city. He is a democrat, has been a member of the B. P. O.
Elks since 1913, and for half a century has been a working
member of the Episcopal Church and now vestryman
and senior warden of Trinity Church at Huntington.

June 30, 1870, in Greenbrier County, Mr. Sehon married
Elizabeth Jane Stuart, daughter of Robertson Stuart, whose
grandfather Col. John Stuart was one of the earliest pio-
neers of Greenbrier County. Mr. and Mrs. Sehon have four
children: Lucy, wife of J. M. McCoach; John Leicester
who married Lillian Gragard; Bess, wife of M. N. Cecil;
and Douglas, unmarried.