Herman Kump

Herman Guy Kump was the Democratic Governor of West Virginia from 1933 to 1937. Usually referred to as H. Guy Kump, he served as the 19th Governor of West Virginia during the Great Depression.

Herman Guy Kump focused upon public education, rights of property owners as related to taxation, and public welfare during his tenure as Governor of West Virginia. While Kump was Governor of West Virginia, new state programs were developed such as the state road administration, state park and forestry projects, state-run public assistance programming, and a county school system. His positions were moderate and he encouraged local control where possible.

Governor Kump served West Virginia during demanding economic times and some of the programs developed during his tenure are still operational.