The Resource Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register

Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register

Label
Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903
Title
Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register
Inclusive dates
1902-1903
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register, 1902-1903, records the roll of registered voters in Newport News. The volumes are divided by wards, first through seventh, and within each ward on the basis of color. Information found in the volumes includes date of registration; number of registered voter; name of registered voter; date of birth; age; occupation; residence; length of residence in state, county, and precinct; whether exempt from poll tax; if naturalized, and if so, date of papers and by what court issued; if transferred from another precinct, and if so, when and to what precinct
Member of
Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Newport News was located in Warwick County, which is now extinct. The origin of the name is uncertain but the phrase "Newportes News" appeared in documents as early as 1619 and probably commemorated Christopher Newport, who made five voyages to Virginia between 1607 and 1619. Newport News was a small settlement until late in the nineteenth century, when it became the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. It was established in 1880 and incorporated as a city by act of the General Assembly in 1896 without ever having been incorporated as a town. Newport News was enlarged by consolidation with the city of Warwick in 1858.
  • The 1902 voter registration books were created following the passage of the 1902 Virginia state constitution. The purpose of the 1902 state constitution was to maintain white suffrage while eliminating African-American voters by means of literacy tests as well as property and poll tax requirements.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Newport News (Va.) Voters' Register
Note
  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from the city of Newport News
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001621398
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy, Newport News/Warwick Co. (Va.) Reel 20.
Type of unit
v.

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