1868- Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey, First African American U.S. Representative

Title

1868- Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey, First African American U.S. Representative

Description

Joseph Hayne Rainey (June 21, 1832 – August 1, 1887) was the first African American to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the second black person to serve in the United States Congress (U.S. Senator Hiram Revels was the first), the first African American to be directly elected to Congress (Revels was appointed), and the first black presiding officer of the United States House of Representatives. Born into slavery, he was freed in the 1840s by his father's purchasing his freedom and that of all his family...Rainey supported legislation to protect the civil rights of Southern blacks, as well as to promote the southern economy.

 

Creator

U.S. Congress

Date

Unknown

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Joseph_Rainey_-_Brady-Handy.jpg

Relation

Rights

Source: Joseph Rainey. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 21, 2014

Publisher

House of Representatives

Contributor

House of Representatives

Format

Source: Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives. Medium: Painting

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Joseph Rainey, African-American, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, Civil Rights

Coverage

Historic

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Joseph_Rainey_-_Brady-Handy.jpg

Reference

U.S. Congress, 1868- Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey, First African American U.S. Representative, House of Representatives, Unknown

Cite As

U.S. Congress, “1868- Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey, First African American U.S. Representative,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed September 29, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/548.