William Post

UPSHUR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
vfcrook@earthlink.net
July 9, 2000
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 453
Upshur

WILLIAM POST was born in Upshur County, and several
years before reaching his majority was in business on a
small scale as a stock shipper. He has had an active
association with the agricultural, livestock and business
interests of the county for over half a century.

Mr. Post, who lives at Buckhannon and is president of
the Traders National Bank of that city, was born Decem-
ber 30, 1853, son of Isaac and Emily (Carper) Post. Isaac
Post was born in Virginia, where his father settled on
coming from Holland. After his marriage Isaac Post set-
tled on a farm in Upshur County, and became one of the
honored and highly respected citizens of that locality. He
and his wife were active members Of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church. They had four children: Ira C. Post, who
lives in Harrison County and for a number of years has
been regarded as one of the most progressive farmers and
farm leaders in that part of the state; Virginia C., wife
of Porter Maxwell; William; and Adam Post, of Upshur
County.

William Post grew up on a farm and acquired a com-
mon school education. At the age of sixteen he made his
first ventures as a cattle shipper, and from this early enter-
prise he accumulated a capital of about five hundred dol-
lars. In all the years since then he has kept in touch with
the livestock industry, growing, feeding and shipping to the
market, and has progressively increased his land holdings
until he pays taxes on several of the good farms of Upshur
County. With his growing business interests he became
one of the organizers and a stockholder in the Traders
National Bank of Buckhannon, and has been active presi-
dent of that institution since its organization. Mr. Post
and wife now spend their winters in Florida. They are
active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is
affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and Mrs. Post with
the Eastern Star.

In September, 1891, he married Miss Anna Hurst, who
was born in Upshur County in August, 1871, and was
educated in the public schools and the seminary. Her
father, the late Maj. John L. Hurst, was a Union soldier
who for bravery on the field of battle was promoted to
major. He was several times wounded. After the war
he served as county clerk. Major Hurst died during the
influenza epidemic in 1917.

Mr. and Mrs. Post have lived in Buckhannon most of
the years since their marriage. They have two sons.
Isaac H., a graduate of Wesleyan College at Buckhannon,
is a student of law at Harvard University. John H., who
graduated from Wesleyan College, was a flying instructor
at Mather Field in California during the war, and was
rated as a very proficient flyer. He is an educated farmer,
having taken advanced courses in agriculture at Cornell
University, and is a thirty-second degree Mason.