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Upshur County, West Virginia Biography of ARTHUR M. GOULD
Submitted by Dorothy McCann Phillips

The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 425 ARTHUR M. GOULD represents one of the old established families of Upshur County, has followed the traditional occupation of farming, and was one of the organizers of the Bank of Adrian, which began business January 7, 1920. Mr. Gould is president of this bank, which is capitalized at $25,000, and is one of the growing and prosperous bank- ing institutions of Upshur County. Mr. Gould was born on Bull Run, West Virginia, January 26, 1853, son of Benjamin and Eliza D. (Morgan) Gould. His father was born at French Creek in 1822, son of Gilbert Gould, who settled on French Creek from Massa- chusetts. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, was a successful farmer and large land owner there, and died in 1877. His wife was Mehitable Taylor, and they were the parents of eight children. Benjamin Gould grew up in the French Creek community, acquired about three hundred acres of his father's estate, and was a leading and success- ful farmer for many years. He was a Presbyterian and a republican. Of  his seven children, four sons and three daughters, three are now living: Arthur M.; Albert G., a farmer near Weston; and Percy B., a farmer in Upshur County. Arthur M. Gould grew up on his father's farm and had a common school education. For many years he has owned and operated a fine farm of 140 acres, a mile and a half west of Adrian. His activities have extended beyond his home farm to various community affairs, including the Bank of Adrian. He has served as president of the Board of Education, is an active republican, and, like his father and grandfather before him, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. On November 21, 1889, Mr. Gould married Mary Louise Sexton, a native of Upshur County and a daughter F. F. and Virginia (Craig) Sexton, farming people of the French Creek District.

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