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’sdespite his illiteracy. He 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.