Samuel F. Kelso was a member of the Convention of
1867–1868. Born into slavery, reportedly in Lynchburg,
he emerged from the end of the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery as an educator who was
politically active. Almost nothing is known of his life up to that moment, although he married
at some point and learned to
read and write. In 1867, he won election to the constitutional convention, representing Campbell
County, and voted with . . .
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