Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Frank R. Watkins, an attorney from Suffolk, Virginia and a member of the local American Legion post, requested a flag that flew over the Capitol for the Suffolk High School. Abbitt replied and agreed to get Watkins a flag, but reminded him that with…

In a joint letter, five Southerners (including a retired bishop from South Carolina, a presiding judge in Alababa, a church rector from North Carolina) objected to a resolution condemning segregation and racial discrimination by the Bishops of the…

Florence D. Reipe, district director of the Staunton River district chapter of Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers sent Abbitt a resolution unanimously adopted at the district chapter's annual meeting on March 14, 1958. The resolution…

These five letters begin with a letter from Grace Ruffin, who wrote to Abbitt requesting a meeting with him and the Senate to present her work and ideas on various subjects. Ruffin, aged 41, introduced herself as a white, college educated woman who…

This three page exchange begins with a letter from Senator Lyndon B. Johnson to Watkins M. Abbitt, which includes a copy of a telegram that Johnson and Sen. Sam Rayburn sent to the president concerning the tense relationship between the president and…

W. D. Willoughby of Petersburg, Virginia wrote Fred Fletcher, Abbitt's aid, requesting the address of an Air Force private named Malcolm L. Davis. Fletcher replied that he contacted the Air Force, and in follow up letter, Abbitt wrote to Willough…

Sally Wilson of Petersburg, Virginia, wrote two letters to Abbitt requesting information for an assignment for her government class at Dinwiddie High School. Abbitt sent her appropriate materials, such as the congressional calendar, and suggested…

This letter begins with Reverend Paul Blevins, a pastor from Lynchburg, writing to Abbitt regarding the potential Communist associations of UNICEF. Although Blevins was not in Abbitt's district, he met Abbitt and informed the congressman of his high…

J.C. McGehee sent a handwritten letter to Abbitt from Keysville, Va. to express his opinions regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on integrated schooling. McGehee said that he refused to endorse integration and asked Abbitt and other…

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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