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Collection Reference Number GLC09400.519
From Archive Folder Collection of letters of the first African American to serve a full term in the Senate 
Title A.W. Tourgee to Blanche Kelso Bruce requesting the endorsement of the Republican party for a paper
Date June 1880
Author Tourgee, A.W. (fl. 1880-)  
Recipient Kelso Bruce, Blanche  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Desires the endorsement of the Republican party for his paper A Fool's Errand.
Subjects African American History  African Americans in Government  Congress  Reconstruction  Government and Civics  Journalism  Politics  Republican Party  
People Bruce, Blanche Kelso (1841-1898)  Tourgee, A.W. (fl. 1880-)  
Place written Denver, CO
Theme Government & Politics; African Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945