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Isaac Dabbs

Member From: 1875 - 1877

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  • Bio: Isaac Dabbs served as a member of the House of Delegates from 1875 to 1877. Little is known about Dabbs’s early life. He was born enslaved, most likely in Charlotte County, but it is not known how and when he became free. In November 1875 the county’s Radical Republicans nominated Dabbs as their candidate for the House of Delegates; he won the November election, receiving more than twice the number of votes as his second-place opponent. After a quiet two-year term, Dabbs missed the party nomination for his former seat by only one vote. Dabbs remained a local political and civic leader, aligning himself with the Readjuster faction of the Republican Party. He had moved to Baltimore by 1910, the year of his last known appearance in the public record.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1875-1877 Charlotte County Radical Republican Labor and the Poor

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