Hiram Rhodes Revels

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Hiram Rhodes Revels

Hiram Rhodes Revels (born September 27, 1827 in Fayetteville , North Carolina , † January 16, 1901 in Aberdeen , Mississippi ) was an American politician and clergyman who was elected to the US Senate in 1870 as the first African American .

Revels became a preacher for the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1845 . In 1861 he took part in the establishment of two black regiments that fought for the northern states in the civil war . Revels himself served there as a captain from 1864 .

After the war he moved to Natchez , Mississippi, and went into politics from 1866. In 1870 Revels was elected as a Republican to the US Senate, where he took the seat for 14 months that Albert G. Brown had vacated in 1861 - immediately before the outbreak of the civil war . From 1871 Revels became president of the Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College , the first college for blacks in Mississippi.

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