Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This bill, introduced by Abbitt in the House of Representatives, proposed to bar the courts at all levels from changing legislative districts adopted by state legislatures.

In this photograph, taken in Hopewell, Virginia, Abbitt poses with local business and political leaders in front of a convertible in which Fred G. Pollard and Garland Gray were seated. Pollard and Gray were running for Lt. Governor and state senator…

This article from the Chattanooga Times was sent to Watkins Abbitt by a friend. The article refers to the controversy regarding Ross Bass and Governor Clement with regard to the Tennessee Senator's seat. Abbitt claimed that Ross Bass was a constant…

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…

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…

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.


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.


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…


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