African Americans, politics
The Republican slate of candidates in 1869 included the current governor Henry Horatio Wells, the current attorney general Thomas Russell Bowden, and an African American physician, Joseph Dennis Harris, for lieutenant governor. In the election, the Conservative Party won all the statewide offices and majorities in both houses of the General Assembly. James Henry Platt, a native of Canada and a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1867-1868, was the only victorious candidate on this ticket.
R. O. Hummel Southeastern Broadsides, Broadside 1869 R42 BOX, Library of Virginia, Prints and Photographs Division
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