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Harry Libbey

Harrison Libbey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by John F. Dezendorf
Succeeded by George E. Bowden
Personal details
Born (1843-11-22)November 22, 1843
Wakefield, New Hampshire
Died September 30, 1913(1913-09-30) (aged 69)
Hampton, Virginia
Political party Readjuster (until 1885)
Other political
Republican (after 1885)
Profession businessman

Harrison 'Harry' Libbey (November 22, 1843 - September 30, 1913) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia's 2nd congressional district.


Born in Wakefield, New Hampshire, Libbey attended the common schools. He moved to Virginia and settled in Hampton in 1863. He engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was appointed one of the presiding justices of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, in 1869.

Libbey was elected as a Readjuster to the Forty-eighth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887). He engaged in the oyster industry. He served as chairman of the Republican county committee. He was appointed postmaster of Hampton, Virginia, January 18, 1907, and served until his death in Hampton, Virginia, on September 30, 1913. He was interred in St. John's Cemetery.

Electoral history

  • 1882; Libbey was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives defeating Republican John Frederick Dezendorf and Democrat Richard C. Marshall, winning 49.68% of the vote.
  • 1884; Libbey was re-elected defeating Democrat Marshall, winning 58.3% of the vote.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John F. Dezendorf
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1883 – 1887
Succeeded by
George E. Bowden
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