Revels, Hiram Rhoades

Revels, Hiram Rhoades (b. September 1, 1822, Fayetteville, N.C.; d. January 16, 1901, Aberdeen, Miss.), American minister and university president, first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Hiram Revels, the son of former slaves, studied at several seminaries in Indiana and Ohio before becoming a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. During the Civil War, Revels helped to organize African American regiments in Maryland and Mississippi. After the Civil War, he moved to Mississippi and became active in Republican politics. He was selected to complete Jefferson Davis's unexpired term in the U.S. Senate. After leaving the Senate, Revels served as the president of Alcorn University.

 

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