Author: Lillian H. McGuire


Commodore, Aaron (1819 or 1820–1892)

Aaron Commodore represented Essex County in the House of Delegates (1875–1877). Commodore was born enslaved, but by 1872 he had earned enough money to buy property in Tappahannock. Respected for his intelligence and charisma, the powerfully built Commodore became a leader in the county’s Republican Party despite his illiteracy. He won his General Assembly seat by a mere twenty-nine votes. After his term, he remained a fixture in county politics, and died, probably in Tappahannock, in 1892.