1869-1871 Hiram Rhodes Revels - First African American appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate

Title

1869-1871 Hiram Rhodes Revels - First African American appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate

Description

Hiram Rhodes Revels: 1827-1901. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina . Revels is the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress (41st, 1869-1871). He was a member of the Republican Party. Revels was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. His first pastorate was likely to have been in Richmond, Indiana, where he was elected an elder to the AME Indiana Conference in 1849. Revels traveled throughout the country, carrying out religious work and educating fellow African Americans in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He arrived in Washington to serve in elected office as a Senator for Mississippi at the end of January 1870, but could not present his credentials until Mississippi was readmitted to the United States on February 23.

Creator

Library of Congress Photoduplication Service

Date

1870

Source

Photoprint made by Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, from original glass negative: Brady-Handy Collection

Source: United States House of Representatives. Kenneth H. Williams, “Revels, Hiram Rhoades,” American National Biography 18 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Relation

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Mathew Brady & Levin Corbin Handy

Format

Medium: Photomechanical Print

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Elected

Coverage

Historic

Files

Hiram_Rhodes_Revels_-_Brady-Handy-(restored).png

Reference

Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1869-1871 Hiram Rhodes Revels - First African American appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate, Library of Congress, 1870

Cite As

Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, “1869-1871 Hiram Rhodes Revels - First African American appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed December 1, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/80.