First African American in Congress

Academic, Minister, U.S. Representative

Hiram R. Revels
, an African American born to free parents in 1827, was elected as a Republican to the Senate in 1870, after the Senate resolved a challenge to his credentials. A few members attempted to block his seat, arguing that Revels had not been a U.S. citizen for the nine years required for all senators. Although they maintained that black Americans had only become citizens with the passage of the 1866 Civil Rights Act–four years earlier–Revels’ supporters argued that he had been a voter many years earlier in Ohio and was therefore a citizen. He served as senator for his state, Mississippi, until March 1871., Hiram Rhodes Revels (September 27, 1827[note 1] – January 16, 1901) was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), a Republican politician, and college administrator. Quianna Canada, Quianna S. Canada, African American Authors, African American political figures, African Americans in politics


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Quianna Canada is an anti-police brutality activist, author, and opinion writer living in the United States.
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  1. What do @AfAmDemocrats think about the first African-American in congress being republican?

  2. What a way to start it off for blacks

  3. He was of mixed race, one-quarter African and three-quarters European, and listed in the US Census as white.

  4. “Can you tell us more about this? I’d care to find out some additional information.”

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