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Ted Maris-Wolf

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620077

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620077.001.0001

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The Barber of Boydton

The Barber of Boydton

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(p.192) Chapter Seven The Barber of Boydton
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Family Bonds
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Ted Maris-Wolf

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620077.003.0009

This chapter tells the story of Watkins (Watt) Leigh Love, an influential man who had gotten his start as the barber of Boydton and then amassed a small fortune as a self-enslaved entrepreneur. Like many black leaders who rose to prominence in the state during Reconstruction, Watt Love was wealthy, literate, light-complexioned, professionally successful, and had been a free man before the war. Throughout the Reconstruction period and into the 1880s, Watt Love worked tirelessly to help create a black political machine known as “the Court House clique,” a powerful grassroots organization that bridged racial lines in electing Ross Hamilton to the Virginia House of Delegates and keeping him there. Hamilton would later become the longest-serving African American representative in the Virginia legislature in the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Watkins Leigh Love, Watt Love, Ross Hamilton, Virginia, Reconstruction, self-enslavement, Boydton, black leaders

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