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REVELS, Hiram R., senator, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1 September, 1822. He is a quadroon, the son of free colored parents. After receiving his education at the Friends' seminary in Liberty, Indiana, whither he removed in 1844, rind completing a theological course in Ohio, he was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal church, and became a popular preacher and lecturer among the colored people of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. Before the beginning of the civil war he settled in Baltimore, Ohio, as a minister and principal of the high-school for colored students. He assisted in organizing the first colored regiment in Maryland, went to St. Louis, No., as a teacher, and aided in raising the first one there, which he accompanied as chaplain to Vicksburg, where he rendered assistance to the provost-marshal in re-establishing order and industry among" the freedmen. He followed the army to Jackson, Mississippi, preaching and lecturing among the emancipated slaves, and organizing churches. He spent two years in the same way in Missouri and Kansas. He was elected to the Mississippi senate by a large majority on the reconstruction of the state government, and, when the legislature assembled, was chosen by 81 votes against 38 to be General Adelbert Ames's colleague in the United States senate. He took his seat on 25 February, 1870, and served till 3 March, 1871, when his term expired. He was afterward pastor of a church at Holly Springs, Mississippi, until he removed to Indiana, anal took charge of the Methodist Episcopal church in Richmond, Indiana Revels was the first man of his race to sit, in the United States senate. From the close of his senatorial term till 1883 he was the president of Alcorn agricultural university, Rodney, Mississippi
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