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Sat, 02.27.1869

The First Black Man is Elected to Congress in America

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.

Reference:
Black Americans In Congress, 1870-1989.
Bruce A. Ragsdale & Joel D. Treese
U.S. Government Printing Office
Raymond W. Smock, historian and director 1990
E185.96.R25

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Reference:

History.House.gov

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