THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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November 14, 1831
Hiram Dooley Received Payment for Painting a Courthouse
This receipt shows that Hiram Dooley, a painter from Abingdon, was paid $65 for painting the outside of the Washington County courthouse. David Campbell (1779–1859), the county clerk who paid Dooley, was later governor of Virginia (1837–1840). Washington County was created in 1776, and the first courthouse, a log structure, was built between 1777 and 1779. Sometime early in the nineteenth century a second building was constructed, and a third more-elegant brick building was finished in 1850. That building was burned during the Civil War and the current Washington County Courthouse was completed in 1868.