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  • Full Name: Edward Griffith Dodson
  • Served: 1934 - 1962
  • Bio Information: Born in Norfolk, Va., April 30, 1884. Died in Norfolk, Va., April 8, 1969. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Va. E. Griffith Dodson was the son of Robert Adolphus and Julia Edwards (Griffith) Dodson. He entered college at the University of Virginia in 1903, and graduated in law in 1907 with the degree of LL.B. He practiced law in Norfolk, 1906-22. He was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, 1916-38. He served as a member of the Board of Aldermen of the city of Norfolk in 1912, and for a two year term ending September 1, 1918, when the bicameral council was replaced by the city manager form of government. He was a member of the House of Delegates for the sessions of 1918, 1919 and 1920, and of the State Senate for the session of 1922, after which he resigned, and was trust officer, vice president and director of the bank then known as The Seaboard Citizens National Bank of Norfolk. He was a member of the State Commission on Conservation and Development, 1926-34. He resigned his position with the bank to accept the office of Clerk of the House of Delegates, November 24, 1934, by appointment of Governor George C. Peery, whom he had served as personal aide with the rank of colonel. He devoted much time to studying and compiling information for numerous publications on the General Assembly. He married, January 29, 1913, Harriotte Jones Winchester of Macon, Georgia, daughter of Dr. Weems Ridout and Sarah Powell (Harrison) Winchester, Portrait, by David Silvette, a gift of the Dodson family in 1975, in the State Capitol at Richmond. While he was Clerk of the House, the Speakers were J. SINCLAIR BROWN, ASHTON DOVELL, THOMAS B. STANLEY, G. ALVIN MASSENBURG, and E. BLACKBURN MOORE.

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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