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Collection Reference Number GLC09400.019
From Archive Folder Collection of letters of the first African American to serve a full term in the Senate 
Title Albert D Thompson to Blanche Kelso Bruce asking for help securing a position as a school teaching in another county as he wishes to leave his current position due to threats of violence
Date 27 November 1875
Author Thompson, Albert D. (fl. 1875)  
Recipient Kelso Bruce, Blanche  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A letter from Thompson asking Senator Bruce for help securing a position as school teacher for himself and his wife in another county since he wants to leave his current placement in De Soto county due to threats of violence, and a pay cut. Thompson is also the Col. Of the militia in his county, and as a result is a target for threats and abuse from the Democrats that had recently took power of his county.
Subjects African American History  African Americans in Government  Congress  Law  Reconstruction  Government and Civics  Education  Office Seeker  Immigration and Migration  Civil Rights  Finance  Militia  Democratic Party  Politics  
People Bruce, Blanche Kelso (1841-1898)  Thompson, Albert D. (fl. 1875)  
Place written Hernando, Mississippi
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