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Ross Hamilton

Member From: 1869 - 1889

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  • Birth Date: 1839 Birth Place:Mecklenberg County, Virginia
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
  • Additional Info: ​Ross Hamilton was born a slave in Mecklenburg County in 1838 or 1839. He earned a living as a carpenter and storekeeper. He represented Mecklenburg County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1870 to 1882. He was elected to the House again in 1889, but his election was successfully contested and overturned. Mr. Hamilton was considered one of the legislature's "parliamentary authorities." He spent the last part of his life working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., where he died. He married twice and is buried on the grounds of Boydton Institute.​
    1869-1882, 1869-1871 Assembly-John Watson died, and Ross Hamilton was elected to fill the seat 1889-1890 Assembly-J. N. Hutcheson successfully contested the election of Hamilton.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Mecklenburg Executive Expenditures
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts
1871-1873 Mecklenburg Executive Expenditures
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts
1874-1875 Mecklenburg Republican Executive Expenditures
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts
1875-1877 Mecklenburg Republican Executive Expenditures
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts
1877-1879 Mecklenburg Republican Privileges and Elections
1879-1880 Mecklenburg Republican Claims
Immigration
Retrenchment and the Economy
1881-1882 Mecklenburg Readjuster Immigration
Labor and Poor
1889-1890 Mecklenburg Asylums and Prisons
Retrenchment and Economy

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