Bruce, Blanche Kelso, 1841-1898

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U.S. senator and state legislator from Mississippi.

From the description of Papers of Blanche Kelso Bruce, 1878-1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71062579

  • 1841 March 1: Born a slave in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia.
  • 1866 - 1868 : Attended Oberlin College, Oberlin Ohio.
  • 1869 Feb.: Moved to Mississippi - worked as a planter.
  • 1870 Jan.: Elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Mississippi Senate.
  • 1871: Elected Sheriff and tax assessor of Bolivar County, Mississippi.
  • 1872: Delegate to the National Republican Convention
  • 1874: Elected to U.S. Senate representing the State of Mississippi.
  • 1875 - 1881 : Began his fall term as a U.S. Senator.
  • 1878 June 24: Married Josephine of Cleveland; union produced one son - Roscoe C. Bruce.
  • 1880: Presided over the Republican National Convention in Chicago (the first of his race to do so)
  • 1881 - 1885 : Appointed Register of the Treasury by President Garfield.
  • 1889: Appointed Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia by President Benjamin Harrison.
  • 1893: Howard University conferred upon him the Honorary degree of LL.D.
  • 1894 - 1898 : Elected trustee of Howard University.
  • 1897: Reappointed Register of the Treasury by President McKinley.
  • 1898 March 17: Died in Washington, D.C.

Blanche K. Bruce had the distinguished honor of being the first of his race to serve a full six year term in the United States Senate, 1875 to 1881, and the first of his race to preside over the National Republican Convention of 1880 held in Chicago.

From the guide to the Blanche K. Bruce Papers, 1870-1891, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Bruce, Blanche Kelso, 1841-1898. Receipt : Washington, D.C., 1879 Dec. 10. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Edwards Pierrepont papers, 1813-1902 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Bragg, George F. (George Freeman), 1863-1940. George Freeman Bragg manuscripts, undated. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robinson, Magnus L. Papers, 1888-1914. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Blanche K. Bruce Papers, 1870-1891 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn James Lowell Gibbs collection of African-American documents, 1865-1918 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. Frederick Douglass papers, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bruce, Blanche Kelso, 1841-1898. Papers of Blanche Kelso Bruce, 1878-1890. Library of Congress
referencedIn Gibbs, James Lowell,. James Lowell Gibbs collection of African-American documents, 1865-1918. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn George Freeman Bragg manuscripts, undated The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Auditor of State : a talented young colored man given a place on the Republican ticket. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Green, John Patterson, b. 1845. Papers of John Patterson Green, 1869-1910. Library of Congress
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. Papers of Frederick Douglass, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress
referencedIn Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. Edwards Pierrepont papers, 1813-1902 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bruce, Roscoe Conkling, 1879-1952. Roscoe Conkling Bruce papers, 1897-1924. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Augustus Mendon Lord collection, Lord (Augustus Mendon) collection, (bulk 1876-1908), 1778-1908 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Frederick Douglass Papers, 1841-1967, (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Lamar, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), 1825-1893. L.Q.C. Lamar Collection, circa 1865-1887. University of Mississippi
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associatedWith Bragg, George F. (George Freeman), 1863-1940. person
associatedWith Bruce, Josephine. person
correspondedWith Bruce, Roscoe Conkling, 1879-1952. person
correspondedWith Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. person
associatedWith Gibbs, James Lowell, person
associatedWith Green, John Patterson, b. 1845. person
correspondedWith Halstead, Murat, 1829-1908 person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith James Lowell Gibbs. person
associatedWith Lamar, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), 1825-1893. person
associatedWith Lord, Augustus Mendon, 1861-1941 person
associatedWith Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. person
associatedWith Robinson, Magnus L. person
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Death 1898-03-17

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