Revels, Hiram Rhodes, c. 1827-1901

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Hiram Rhodes Revels (September 27, 1827 – January 16, 1901) was a Republican U.S. Senator, minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a college administrator. Born free in North Carolina, he later lived and worked in Ohio, where he voted before the Civil War. He became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress when he was appointed to the United States Senate as a Republican to represent Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during the Reconstruction era.

During the American Civil War, Revels had helped organize two regiments of the United States Colored Troops and served as a chaplain. After serving in the Senate, Revels was appointed as the first president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University) and served from 1871 to 1873 and 1876 to 1882. Later in his life, he served again as a minister.

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creatorOf Revels, Hiram Rhoades, 1827?-1901. Letter, 1870, March 4, Washington, D.C., to Mrs. Philip Allen. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Credentials of Hiram Rhodes Revels United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn 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 Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
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employeeOf Alcorn University. corporateBody
associatedWith Allen, Philip, Mrs., person
grandparentOf Cayton, Horace R. (Horace Roscoe), 1903-1970 person
parentOf Cayton, Susie Revels, 1870-1943. person
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. Army corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. Senate corporateBody
associatedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Baltimore MD US
Aberdeen MS US
Liberty IN US
Fayetteville NC US
Darke County OH US
Holly Springs MS US
New Orleans LA US
Claiborne County MS US
Galesburg IL US
Leavenworth KS US
Natchez MS US
Lincolnton NC US
Subject
African American college administrators
African American clergy
African American college administrators--Mississippi
African American legislators
African Americans--19th century
African American legislators--Mississippi
Occupation
Clergy
Legislators
College presidents
Senators, U.S. Congress--Mississippi
Barbers
Educators
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Birth 1827-09-27

Death 1901-01-16

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Americans

English

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