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John Quincy Hodges

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Bio: John Quincy Hodges was an African American leader in Norfolk and Princess Anne County after the American Civil War (1861–1865) and a member of the House of Delegates (1869–1870). Born in what later became Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of a free African American father and an English mother. Little is known of his early life, but he fought in the last half of the Civil War, participating in the Petersburg Campaign (1864–1865). He was present at the surrender of Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. Hodges’s father and uncles became prominent African American leaders in Tidewater Virginia, and he exploited their popularity to become well known too, winning election to the House of Delegates in 1869. He voted to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In 1866 Hodges’s stepmother sold him a share of his late father’s estate, and other family members successfully sued to nullify the transaction. After several run-ins with the law, Hodges returned to New York, where he worked as a clerk and died sometime after 1900.
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1869-1871 Princess Anne Propositions and Greivances

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