George Teamoh represented Portsmouth and Norfolk County at the Convention of 1867–1868 and in the Senate of Virginia (1869–1871). Born enslaved, Teamoh secretly learned to read in his youth and worked in Portsmouth’s shipyards. After his wife was, one of his owners helped him escape from a ship. Teamoh returned to Virginia after the (1861–1865), and he quickly became involved in local politics and labor issues. He won to the Convention called to create a new state constitution, and then served a term in the General Assembly’s upper house. infighting cost him his political career. He returned to the Norfolk shipyards and died sometime after 1887. His autobiography, God Made Man, Man Made the Slave, was published in 1990.