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Sat, 02.27.1869

First Black man elected to U.S. Congress

John Wills Menard

On this date in 1869, the first Black man was elected to the U.S. Congress

John Willis Menard defeated a white candidate, 5,107 to 2,833, in an election in Louisiana's Second Congressional District to fill an unexpired term in the 40th Congress.

Black Americans In Congress, 1870-1989.
Bruce A. Ragsdale & Joel D. Treese
U.S. Government Printing Office
Raymond W. Smock, historian and director 1990

To become a Political Scientist


New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Dere’s an ol’ man called de Mississippi Dat’s de ol’ man dat I’d like to be! What does he care if de world’s got troubles? What does he care if de land... OL’ MAN RIVER by Paul Robeson.
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