Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

Campaigns and Elections


Campaigns and Elections


Items related to political campaigns, elections, and party politics.

Items in the Campaigns and Elections Collection

In this letter, Hughes, a childhood friend of Abbitt apologizes for hitting him in the head with a baseball many years earlier, causing him to go deaf in one ear. Hughes said that he heard Abbitt had been accused of draft dodging due to this deafness…

Flyer sent to voters of Buckingham Country by Abbitt's office on February 5, 1948, as he campaigned for the congressional seat left open by the death of Representative Patrick H. Drewry.

Warren Wright wrote to Watkins Abbitt in response to a previous telephone conversation. Wright included a list of potential allies and their respective locations and Virginia counties. He sent this to Watkins prior to the 1956 election.

Draft of speech by Abbitt at a rally in FarmVille, Virginia, in support of the democratic nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General of Virginia and of the General Assembly, with hand-written annotations . Abbitt praised their…

A telegram sent by Watkins Abbitt to defend Ross Bass in the face of accusations that his attendance rate on the tobacco sub-committee was minimal. The accusations were leveled by Governor Frank Clement who was running for the same Senatorial…