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Francis "Frank" Moss

Member From: 1874 - 1875

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  • Birth Date: 1825 Birth Place:Buckingham County, Virginia
  • Death Date: 1884
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Bio: Frank Moss was the only African American to be a member of the Convention of 1867–1868, the Senate of Virginia, and the House of Delegates. Little is known about his early life, but he was born likely in Buckingham County in the mid-1820s. Local tradition holds that he was born into a free family, but evidence also exists that he was enslaved. In 1867 Mr. Moss won election to represent Buckingham in the convention called to write a new state constitution. He supported radical reformers on all major issues, but his speeches were considered divisive. He represented Appomattox and Buckingham Counties in the Senate of Virginia from 1869 to 1871, and voted to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In November 1873 Mr. Moss won election to represent Buckingham County for one term in the House of Delegates. He died in 1884, but public records do not contain the date or circumstances of his death.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia (1869 - 1871)
    Virginia Constitutional Convention (1867-1868)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1874-1875 Buckingham Republican Labor and the Poor
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts

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