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HISTORY: THE FIRST BLACKS IN CONGRESS WERE ALL REPUBLICANS (photos, bios)

Posted by FactReal on July 23, 2010


U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – FIRST BLACKS WERE ALL REPUBLICANS
Republicans – the racists? In 1868, Republicans elected the first black person to represent them in Congress. There were no black Democrats in Congress until 1935. For almost seven decades Republicans were the ONLY ONES electing blacks to Congress. Here are the historical facts:
John Willis Menard (1838-1893); Republican – Louisiana;
Term: 1868

 
Joseph Rainey (1832-1887); Republican – South Carolina;
Term:1870-1879
Jefferson F. Long (1836-1901); Republican – Georgia;
Term: 1870-1871

Robert C. De Large (1842-1874); Republican – South Carolina;
Term: 1871-1873
Robert B. Elliott (1842-1884); Republican – South Carolina;
Term: 1871-1874

Benjamin S. Turner (1825-1894); Republican – Alabama;
Term: 1871-1873
Josiah T. Walls (1842-1905); Republican – Florida;
Terms: 1871-1873, 1873-1875, 1875-1876

Richard H. Cain (1825-1887); Republican – South Carolina;
Terms: 1873-1875, 1877-1879
John R. Lynch (1847-1939); Republican – Mississippi;
Terms: 1873-1877, 1882-1883

James T. Rapier (1837-1883); Republican – Alabama;
Term: 1873-1875
Alonzo J. Ransier (1834-1882); Republican – South Carolina;
Term: 1873-1875

Jeremiah Haralson (1846-1916); Republican – Alabama;
Term: 1875-1877
John Adams Hyman (1840-1891); Republican – North Carolina;
Term: 1875-1877

Charles E. Nash (1844-1913); Republican – Louisiana;
Term: 1875-1877
Robert Smalls (1839-1915); Republican – South Carolina;
Terms: 1875-1879, 1882-1883, 1884-1887

James E. O’Hara (1844-1905); Republican – North Carolina;
Term: 1883-1887
Henry P. Cheatham (1857-1935); Republican – North Carolina;
Term: 1889-1893

John Mercer Langston (1829-1897); Republican – Virginia;
Term: 1890-1891
Thomas E. Miller (1849-1938); Republican – South Carolina;
Term: 1890-1891
(He was adopted by slaves)

George W. Murray (1853-1926); Republican – South Carolina;
Terms: 1893-1895, 1896-1897
George Henry White (1852-1918); Republican – North Carolina;
Term: 1897-1901

U.S. SENATE – FIRST BLACKS WERE ALL REPUBLICANS:
Hiram Rhodes Revels (1822-1901); Republican – Mississippi;
Term: 1870-1871
Blanche Bruce (1841-1898); Republican – Mississippi;
Term: 1875-1881

AND DEMOCRATS?
UNTIL 1935 DID DEMOCRATS ELECT THE FIRST BLACK TO CONGRESS

67 years after Republicans is when Democrats elected the first African American to represent them in Congress.
File:Arthur W. Mitchell.jpg
Arthur Wergs Mitchell
Democrat Representative – Illinois
Term: 1935–1943

Democrats’ Racist Past


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