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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters of the first African American to serve a full term in the Senate
|A.K. Davis to James Hill in hopes of a position in the consulship of Trinidad
|28 July 1876
|Davis, A.K., (fl. 1876)
|Hill, James (fl. 1876-1880)
|This is a letter forwarded to Senator Bruce by James hill with a note from James Hill on the bottom of the page. Davis is writing in hopes of a position in the consulship of Trinidad. He is writing to James Hill for a recommendation to Senator Bruce. The letter has been forwarded to the Senator with a note on the bottom from James Hill asking the Senator for anything he can do to help Davis.
|African American History African Americans in Government Congress Reconstruction Government and Civics Caribbean Office Seeker Diplomacy Letter of Introduction or Recommendation
|Bruce, Blanche Kelso (1841-1898) Davis, A.K. (fl. 1876) Hill, James (fl. 1876-1880)
|Government & Politics; African Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|Blanche Kelso Bruce was born into slavery near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va. on March 1 1841. He was tutored by his master's son, but left his master at the beginning of the civil war and taught school in Hannibal Mo. After the civil war Bruce became a planter in Mississippi, and a member of the Mississippi Levee Board, and Sheriff and Tax Collector for Bolivar County from 1872-1875. Bruce was then elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, where he served from March 4 1875 - March 3 1881. Bruce was the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. In 1881 Bruce was appointed by President James Garfield as the Register of the Treasury. Bruce then went on to serve as the Recorder of Deeds for the District of Colombia from 1891-1893, returning to the office of Register of the Treasury from 1897 until his death on March 17, 1898.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945