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 radical reformers,
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