Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Landon Lane, a frequent correspondent wrote to Abbitt to express his dismay about the Supreme Court's ruling in
Greene v. McElroy, 360 U.S. 474 (1959). The case involved an aeronautical engineer who had been dismissed from his job because of…

In a draft of a speech to the American Legion, likely given shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, Abbitt described the Act as "the most evil, iniquitous, liberty destroying, power grasping legislation ever presented to the…

Esther J. Carrico, an auxiliary member of the American Legion in Washington, D.C., wrote to Abbitt requesting that he prevent “opponents” of the House Un-American Activities from cutting off committee funding. Abbitt replied that he agreed that…

George D. Gillespie wrote to Abbitt in response to an article by Abbitt published in the American Legion magazine (January 1966). In his letter, Gillespie contended that cigarette smoking helped him overcome tuberculosis and objected that Veteran…

This letter from Miles D. Kennedy, Director of the American Legion, includes a copy of an article titled "The Men Commies Hate Most," about various members in the United States Government that oppose communism. Kennedy believed that Abbitt also…

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…
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