Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Grace Ruffin, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, wrote to him asking to present information on her scientific discoveries to the United States Congress. Abbitt replied that he had discussed these ideas with various departments and suggested that…

Isham T. Wilkinson, who wrote Abbitt frequently sent him a "Brief on Some Proposed School Laws." The document advocated for the creation of a "specially funded" school system designed to preserve segregation. The proposed system would function…

Isham T. Wilkinson of Kenbridge, Virginia, wrote to Senator Harry Byrd protesting the integration of public schools, criticizing the NAACP, and avowing that the Supreme Court had violated States rights. He wrote the letter on stationary with the…

This copy of the anti-communist newspaper, Common Sense, no. 304, July 15, 1958, was sent to Abbitt by frequent correspondent Landon B. Lane. This newspaper publication was published by the Christian Educational Association, centered in Union, New…

Landon B. Lane wrote to Abbitt, urging him to loosen his ties to the Democratic Party in the 1960 election and sending along a pamphlet from Human Events entitled "A Southern President?" The South May Very Well Rise Again. The pamphlet emphasized…

This is a memo concerning the attempts of Grace Ruffin to schedule a meeting with Congressmen. It draws attention to her diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia and her ongoing treatment as a patient of Perry Point Hospital.

Grace Ruffin, writing under the pseudonym Princess Anne Cotney Cramer, wrote Abbitt about her theory concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy (which she attributed to Lyndon Johnson) and her plans for John F. Kennedy's rebirth. Ruffin…

Grace Ruffin of Suffolk, Virginia, wrote a letter to the Science Advisor to the President, requesting that the government accept and use her research on "space science." In her letter, Ruffin noted that Abbitt had suggested she contact the…

Letter to Abbitt from frequent correspondent, Ernest S. Jones of Petersburg, Virginia, regarding school integration, the validity of the Fourteenth Amendment, and communist influence in the NAACP. Abbitt thanked Jones for his insight and noted that…

Letter from Isham T. Wilkinson, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, to Senator Harry Flood Byrd regarding Governor Lindsay Almond's school closing plan and Wilkinson's disapproval of Abbitt's approach to massive resistance. In the letter, Wilkinson…
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