Garnett Kerr Kump

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. 316-317

HON. GARNETT KERR KUMP, of Romney, lawyer and for
eight years a member of the State Senate, has been a
leader in educational and good roads legislation, and one
of the very useful and progressive citizens of his section
of the state.

He was born near Capon Springs, Hampshire County,
West Virginia, December 9, 1875, son of Benjamin Frank-
lin and Margaret Frances (Rudolph) Kump and a lineal
descendant of Henry Kump, a soldier of the Revolution.
His father was a confederate soldier in Company K of the
Eighteenth Virginia Cavalry, and after the war lived on
his farm in Hampshire County, where he was a leader in
civic and religious affairs.

Garnett Kerr Kump acquired a good literary education
and for a number of years applied himself to the vocation
of farming in summer and teaching in public schools dur-
ing the winter. He prepared for the bar in West Virginia
University, leaving the university about April 1, 1909, and
since then has enjoyed an exceptionally good practice at
Romney. Besides his law practice he has some business
interests and investments, and is president of the South
Branch Tie & Lumber Company.

His public service began early in his career, and he repre-
sented Hampshire County in the House of Delegates in
the session of 1905. His eight year term in the Senate ran
from December 1, 1912, to December 1, 1920, and he was
not a candidate for re-election. He represented the Fif-
teenth Senatorial District and in the Legislature as well as
in his capacity as a private citizen he has been thoroughly
progressive in thought and action. He is a democrat, and
has been keenly interested in the great national and inter-
national problems of the last few years. Mr. Kump is
convinced that he would have made an effective soldier of
the nation during the World war, but the examining author-
ities rejected his application for the Officers’ Training
Camp and also on several other occasions when be endeav-
ored to enlist.

Mr. Kump is affiliated with the Masonic Order, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World.
Since 1911 he has been a member of the Romney Literary
Society, one of the oldest organizations of the kind in the
state, it having been incorporated by the State of Virginia
by special act of Legislature in 1819. He is an elder in
the Presbyterian Church of Romney.