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Greenland Thompson Federer Papers

Collection Number: A&M 3624

Scope and Contents

Records of Greenland Thompson Federer, a WWI veteran, Morgantown businessman, and politician. Includes records documenting his WWI service in Company E, 317 Infantry, 80th Division in France, and papers from his campaign and political career as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Federer's business, a meat market, is shown in photographs, including interior and exterior views. The collection also includes postcards and some artifacts.

The collection is grouped into eight series: 1) World War I Material; 2) Political Material; 3) Printed Ephemera; 4) Postcards; 5) Photographs; 6) Publications; 7) Artifacts; 8) Oversize.


  • Creation: 1911-1950
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1917-1925


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

Greenland Thompson (G.T.) Federer (1888-1961) was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, the son of the Reverend and Mrs. G. A. Federer. In 1897 they moved to Preston County, West Virginia and then to Morgantown in 1908. He received his early education in the public schools and graduated from Fairmont State Normal School in 1915. He attended West Virginia University seeking an A.B. degree, 1915 to 1917, but his education was interrupted by his service during World War I in Company E, 317 Infantry, 80th Division of the United States Army. After the war he returned from France to Morgantown where he started a mercantile business, a meat market, in 1919. He married Thora Leoti Robinson, a teacher at the William R. White School in Fairmont, in 1920. In 1924, Federer, a Republican, was elected to represent Monongalia County in the West Virginia House of Delegates where he served on the Taxation and Finance Committee, the Prohibition and Temperance Committee, and the State Boundaries and Re-Districting Committee. For a brief time after WWII Federer sold real estate. He continued to live in Morgantown until his death in 1961.

Excerpted from a marriage notice in The West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) 1920, and the West Virginia Blue Book, 1926.


.9 Linear Feet (11 in. (1 document case, 5 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 3 in.); (1 flat storage box, 3 in.))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Related A&M Collections

3624, 3651

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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US