Sanford M. Dodge represented Mecklenburg County at the Convention of 1867–1868 and in the House of Delegates (1869–1871). The New York native settled in Virginia after the(1861–1865). Dodge and his running mate, , a former slave, won their seats at the convention with the heavy backing of the African American population. He kept a low profile during the shaping of a new Virginia constitution, voting with the ‘s radical wing on most issues. Dodge in 1868–1869. He and Watson won election to the General Assembly in 1869. Dodge died of typhoid fever in 1870.