Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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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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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.

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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…

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…

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…

A letter from Marjorie Steele of Suffolk, Virginia, to Abbitt, expressing her outrage that Abbitt was facing a "nigger" in the 1968 election. She declared "Abe Lincoln said that those blacks should never be made voters, hold gov. office etc. and it…

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…

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…

When Abbitt ran for re-election in 1966, he was faced with an opponent by the name of Edward Silverman. In this pamphlet, Abbitt's "valuable assets" are listed.

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…
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