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Letters, 1938, to and from United States Congressman Norman R. Hamilton (1877-1964) of Portsmouth, Virginia, representing southeastern Virginia. Many of the letters concern recommendations and qualifications for individuals for employment as rural mail carriers in Nansemond, Norfolk, and Isle of Wight Counties, Virginia, and at the Norfolk Navy Yard; a proposal for a new post office in Southampton County, Virginia; and a postmaster for Portsmouth. Also concern Hamilton's newspaper, the PORTSMOUTH STAR; efforts for a water and sewage plant in Nasemond County as a Works Progress Administration program; and sale of hogs in Southampton County. Correspondence also covers appointments to the United States Naval Academy from Hamilton's district. Also includes correspondence regarding a family wishing to emigrate from France to the United States, and correspondence concerning Boyd R. Richards' hope to be named U.S. trade representative to Argentina. Also includes a telegram to Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949) concerning placing his name on a letter concerning Palestine. Other letters contain political and personal matters, including letters from Congressmen John J. Dempsey (1879-1958) and Louis C. Rabaut (1886-1961) wishing Hamilton well and regretting that he will not be a member of the next Congress
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Norman Rond Hamilton was born 13 November 1877 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1895, and went to work at the Norfolk PUBLIC LEDGER, where he worked his way up to reporter. Hamilton eventually became clerk of the Portsmouth School Board. In 1914, he was appointed collector of customs for the port of Hampton Roads and from 1916 to 1918, he was chairman of the Port War Board. In 1917, Hamilton held an interest in the corporation which purchased the Portsmouth STAR. In 1924, he bought control of the newspaper, becoming its editor. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) appointed him receiver for banks in the District of Columbia closed by the Depression. Hamilton was elected to the United States Congress in 1936 but lost his reelection bid in 1938. He focussed on state politics and opposed the Byrd organization in Virginia. In 1955 he sold the STAR which merged with the Norfolk LEDGER-DISPATCH to become the LEDGER-STAR. Hamilton served as director of the American National Bank and as vice president of the Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was an executive with the VIRGINIAN-PILOT and LEDGER-STAR. Hamilton married Adelaide Etheridge (ca. 1877-ca. 1968) 10 October 1901, and they had two sons. Hamilton died 26 March 1964 in Portsmouth, and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.
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