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Watkins Moorman ABBITT

(1908-1998)

ABBITT, Watkins Moorman, a Representative from Virginia; born in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Va., May 21, 1908; graduated from Appomattox Agricultural High School, Appomattox, Va., 1925; LL.B., University of Richmond, Richmond, Va., 1931; lawyer, private practice; Commonwealth attorney of Appomattox County, Va., 1932-1948; member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1945; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1964; bank executive; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Patrick H. Drewry, and reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses (February 17, 1948-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; died on July 13, 1998, in Lynchburg, Va.; interment in Liberty Cemetery, Appomattox, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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