Revels, Hiram R. (Hiram Rhoades), 1827-1901

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Revels began his political career as an alderman in Natchez, Miss. in 1868 and was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1869. The state legislature in January 1870 elected him to the U.S. Senate, and after acrimonious debate, the Senate seated him to fill the expired term of Jefferson Davis, and he served as senator from February 1870 until March 1871. Among other issues, Revels voted for enforcement of the Fifteenth Amendment. His political career, however was typified by some of his accommodationist views and practices.

In the early 1870's Revels was named the first president of Alcorn College, a black school, in Rodney, Mississippi, but he was not an adept administrator and became caught between the demands of a white dominated legislature and some members of the faculty and student body who wanted him to be a more aggressive leader. Despite these problems, he served as president from 1871 to 1873 and again from 1876 to 1882.

Revels and his wife, Phoebe Rebecca Bass Revels, had six daughters, including Susie Revels (1870-1943). She taught school in Mississippi until her marriage in 1896 to Horace Roscoe Cayton.

From the description of Hiram Revels Collection, 1870-1948. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652089

Revels began his political career as an alderman in Natchez, Miss. in 1868 and was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1869. The state legislature in January 1870 elected him to the U.S. Senate, and after acrimonious debate, the Senate seated him to fill the expired term of Jefferson Davis, and he served as senator from February 1870 until March 1871. Among other issues, Revels voted for enforcement of the Fifteenth Amendment. His political career, however was typified by some of his accommodationist views and practices.

In the early 1870's Revels was named the first president of Alcorn College, a black school, in Rodney, Mississippi, but he was not an adept administrator and became caught between the demands of a white dominated legislature and some members of the faculty and student body who wanted him to be a more aggressive leader. Despite these problems, he served as president from 1871 to 1873 and again from 1876 to 1882.

Revels and his wife, Phoebe Rebecca Bass Revels, had six daughters, including Susie Revels (1870-1943). She taught school in Mississippi until her marriage in 1896 to Horace Roscoe Cayton.

From the guide to the Hiram Revels Collection, 1870-1948, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Revels, Hiram Rhoades, 1827?-1901. Letter, 1870, March 4, Washington, D.C., to Mrs. Philip Allen. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Credentials of Hiram Rhodes Revels United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950. Carter G. Woodson collection of Negro papers and related documents, 1803-1936 (inclusive), 1830-1927 (bulk), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Photograph of First African-American Senator Hiram Revels United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Hiram Revels Collection, 1870-1948 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Carter Godwin Woodson Papers, 1736-1974, (bulk 1915-1950) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Revels, Hiram Rhoades, 1827?-1901. Hiram Revels Collection, 1870-1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
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employeeOf Alcorn University. corporateBody
associatedWith Allen, Philip, Mrs., person
associatedWith Cayton, Susie Revels, 1870-1943. person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Muelder, Hermann R. (Hermann Richard), 1905- person
employeeOf Rust College corporateBody
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
memberOf United States. Congress. Senate corporateBody
associatedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States 00 US
Fayetteville NC US
Mississippi MS US
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African American college administrators
African American clergy
African American college administrators--Mississippi
African American legislators
African Americans--19th century
African American legislators--Mississippi
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Educators
Clergy
Legislators
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Birth 1827-09-27

Death 1901-01-16

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