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Charles E. Hodges

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Birth Date: 1819 Birth Place:Virginia
  • Death Date: 1910
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Sarah Harmon; Lucretia (Unknown); Fannie E. Griffin (m. September 25, 1888)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Clergyman
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association (elder)
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
  • Bio: ​Charles E. Hodges was born in 1819 to well-to-do African American Virginians. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York, in the 1830s after his brother William was accused of forging free papers for slaves, leading to the persecution of his father. Mr. Hodges was a minister. He became involved in the abolition movement and the struggle for African American suffrage in New York State and was a delegate to the National Black Convention in Philadelphia in 1855. Returning to Virginia after the American Civil War, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Norfolk County and Portsmouth from 1869 to 1871. He failed to win reelection after his term. Three of his brothers were also involved in Reconstruction politics. Charles Hodges died in 1910.​
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Justice of the peace in Norfolk County
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Norfolk County and Portsmouth Banks, Currency and Commerce (1869-1870)
Labor and the Poor
Public Property

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