J. D. Harris, a free-born physician, ran
as the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate for the Republican Party's radical faction in the election
of 1869. Harris entered public life late in the 1850s, advocating African American
repatriation to the Caribbean. His interest in tropical diseases led him into medicine, and
he became a doctor in 1864. Harris's medical work for the U.S. Army settled him in
Virginia. Politically active and known for his intelligence, he received th. . .
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