Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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1968 political advertisement for Samuel Wilbert Tucker who ran against Abbitt for the Fourth Congressional District.
Tucker, an African American attorney and founding partner in the Richmond, Virginia firm of Hill, Tucker and Marsh, would…

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A political advertisement from the 1968 election for the Fourth Congressional District. The two candidates were Watkins Abbitt and S.W. Tucker. Abbitt would win the election by gaining over seventy percent of the vote.

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…

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…

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…

An editorial from the Farmville Herald endorsing Abbitt for re-election in 1968. The Herald editorial described his opponent, S.W. Tucker, as having "but one qualification" for office--service as NAACP council--and “no practical experience in…

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.

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…
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