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Member From: 1871 - 1873
- Birth Date: November 15, 1836 Birth Place:Goochland County, Virginia
- Death Date: September 7, 1908
- Gender: Male Race: African American
- Spouse: Sarah J. (surname unknown)
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- Occupation/Profession: Porter
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Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
- Bio: Henry Turpin, a black Republican from Goochland County, was a member of the House of Delegates (1871–1873). Born into slavery in 1836, Turpin was freed by his white father in 1857 and during the American Civil War (1861–1865) purchased land adjacent to his in Goochland County. He worked as a house painter. In 1871, Turpin won election to the House of Delegates, defeating a white Conservative Party candidate by a narrow margin. He served one term, introducing a bill that eventually passed, allowing veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops to collect certain medical benefits. After losing election in 1873, he moved to the Bronx, New York, where he married in 1886 and died in 1908.
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