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The name of Ruffner is one of the oldest and most esteemed in the Kanawha Valley. General Lewis Ruffner,as his memory is best known,
was born October 1, 1797, the son of David and Ann (Brumbach) Ruffner, of Kanawha Salines, Virginia. From birth to death, at an advanced
age, he spent the years of an honorabl and useful life within his native county. He was one of the most experienced salt manufacturers in
the State. With little ambition for public place, he was, at the age of twenty-one, commissioned by the Governor as a Magistrate in his
district. The duties were faithfully discharged, without fee, favor or affection, for twenty-four years. He was a member of the General Assembly
of Virginia in 1825-6, and of the Constitutional Convention to restore the Government of Virginia, 1861. In 1863-4 he was a member of the House
of Delegates of West Virginia, in the former year receiving from the State a commission as Major General of the militia. He was twice married;
first to Elizabeth A.D. Shrewsberry, November 2, 1826; second, to Viola Knapp, of Vermont, December 3, 1843. Earnest H., a son by the
last marriage, is in the regular army, a Captain in the Engineer force, and was for a while in charge of the Lock and Dam Improvement
of the Great Kanawha River, upon which nearly two million dollars of the National Treasury have been commendably spent. He died at
his home near Charleston at the advanced age of upwards of four score years.
Taken from Prominent Men of West Virginia,
Geo. W Atkinson and Alvaro F Gibbens, W.L. Callin Publishing, Wheeling, WV, 1890.
© 1996 Becky Falin
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