Romeo H. Freer

Romeo H. Freer

Romeo Hoyt Freer (November 9, 1846 – May 9, 1913) was the Republican Attorney General of West Virginia from 1901 to 1905.

Born in Bazetta Township, Trumbull County, Ohio), Ohio on November 9, 1846, he was the son of Josiah D. Freer and Caroline P. Brown. The family soon relocated to Ashtabula County, Ohio and Freer attended common schools. At the age of 15, he enlisted in the Union army through 1865.

In 1866, Freer moved to Charleston, West Virginia and began to study law. He was later admitted to the bar and elected prosecuting attorney for Kanawha County in 1870. In 1872, he was a presidential elector for Ulysses S. Grant. Later in 1873, President Grant appointed him U.S. Consul to Nicaragua resigning his duties in 1877 and accepted an appointment as Register of the Land Office for New Mexico. He resigned in 1879.

Freer settled in Ritchie County, West Virginia in 1881 and married Mary Iams in 1884. That same year, he was a presidential elector for James G. Blaine.

Freer steadily returned to politics by 1890 when he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and later appointed prosecuting attorney for Ritchie County. In 1896, he was elected to the Fourth Judicial Circuit of West Virginia.

He served in the 56th United States Congress having been elected in 1898. In 1900, Freer was elected as Attorney General of West Virginia.

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Preceded by
Warren Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
J.A. Hughes
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edgar P. Rucker
Attorney General of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Clark W. May