John B. Dodd

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John B. Dodd (d. March 11, 1865), for many years a merchant in Charlottesville, was elected mayor of the Town of Charlottesville in 1855, succeeding Drury Wood.

Political Career

1854 election

On February 25, 1854, the recently incorporated Town of Charlottesville held its first municipal election of a mayor and four aldermen to serve for the ensuing year. The election was held at the Courthouse of Albemarle County, the fourth Saturday of the month. Drury Wood, who received 75 votes for mayor, was the winner. R. T. W. Duke who received 74 votes and was thereby elected to the first seat on the Board of Aldermen as president of the council (vice mayor). Dodd receiving 67 votes for the second seat as aldermen. Seven months later Wood quit, and his post went to council president R.T. W. Duke and then to alderman John B. Dodd.

1855 election

Dodd won election as mayor in his own right in February 1855 but soon quit again and was replaced by Drury Wood in July 1855.

Business career

Dodd was a Master Cabinet-Maker. In 1867 his son, John H. Dodd, also a cabinet maker, sold the family owned furniture and undertaking business to James Perley.


John B. Dodd died on March 11, 1865, in the fifty-seventh year of his age. He was buried in the family section of Maplewood Cemetery next to his wife Ann and and their sons, Cumberland G. Dodd (Pvt. Va. Artillery CSA); Benjamin F. Dodd (Pvt. Va. Lt. Artillery CSA); Marcus Dodd (Pvt Co D 46 Regt Va Inf CSA) and John H. Dodd, who died on March 11, 1885.

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