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Hiram R. Revels

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels

Profession: Minister and US Senator

United States of America

Why Famous: First person of color to serve in the United States Senate, and in the whole U.S. Congress.

Born: September 27, 1817
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Star Sign: Libra

Died: January 16, 1901 (aged 83)

Historical Events

  • 1869-03-16 Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate
  • 1870-01-20 Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as US Senator for Mississippi
  • 1870-02-25 Hiram R. Revels is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)

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