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- Campaign ephemera from Watkins Moorman Abbitt's (1908-1998)campaign for Congress in 1948. Includes information ballots publicizing Abbitt's stance on certain issues, correspondence from C.M. Aderholt in support of Abbitt, and a flyer for a Conservative Unity luncheon
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- Watkins Moorman Abbitt was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 21 May 1908. He graduated from Appomattox Agricultural High School in Appomattox, Virginia, in 1925.; Abbitt received his LL.B. from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, in 1931. Abbitt was a lawyer and a bank executive. He served as Commonwealth attorney of Appomattox County from 1932 to 1948. He was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1945 and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Abbitt was elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Patrick H. Drewry, and reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses (17 February 1948-3 January 1973). He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972 Abbitt died 13 July 1998, in Lynchburg and was interred in Liberty Cemetery in Appomattox.
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