Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Abbitt wrote. B. Hubert Beale of Cortland, Virginia, thanking him for his support of his 1968 campaign for re-election. In this letter, Abbitt admitted he was “worried about the campaign because of hte lack of interest on the part of our…

Henry Obsorne of Victoria, Virginia wrote to Abbitt on eve of 1968 election to tell him he would vote for Abbitt because Abbitt had “opposed Lyndon’s and Warrens damnable bills” and stood for "Red-Blood Americanism, and of Godliness, which is…

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.

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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…

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.

Tom B. Fugate, president of the Peoples Bank of Ewing, wrote to Abbitt that he had heard Abbitt was considering not running for office again and urging him not to. “Virginia Agriculture and the Virginia economy need your service.” Abbitt replied…

This political advertisement, from Abbitt's 1968 re-election campaign, featured a photograph of Abbitt on the steps of the U.S. capitol and listed as Abbitt's major qualifications his twenty years of experience, tobacco subcommittee, and sponsorship…

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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John Perts wrote to Abbitt to congratulate him on checking the power of the Supreme Court and “dealing with our political hippies so alien o our normally conservative Old Dominion!” Abbitt replied by thanking Perts for his support and expressing…
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