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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-07 04:25 PM
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93. Joseph Rainey, 1st black Member of Congress
http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/939/...

Joseph Rainey (1832-1887), 1st black Member of Congress (House of Representatives, S. Carolina, served 1870-1879). Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1870, he was re-elected four times, the longest tenure in the House of any black during the Reconstruction era. While in office he dedicated himself to the passage of civil-rights legislation, pressing the interests not only of Blacks but also of other minorities, including the Indians and the Chinese in California.

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