Hiram Revels

Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827 - 1901)

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Hiram Rhodes Revels
Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Aberdeen, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Categories: Fayetteville, North Carolina | North Carolina Notables | Aberdeen, Mississippi | Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi | Black History Month, Unconnected Profiles | Unconnected Notables | US Senators from Mississippi | African-American Notables.

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Preceded by
Vacant 1861 – 1870
Secession, Civil War
& Reconstruction
Hiram Rhodes Revels
US Senator (Class 2)
from Mississippi
Seal of the US Senate
Succeeded by
James L. Alcorn


He was elected as the first African American to serve in the United States Senate, and was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress. He represented Mississippi in the Senate in 1870 and 1871 during the Reconstruction era. Republican politician, and college administrator. Born free in North Carolina, he later lived and worked in Ohio, where he voted before the Civil War. During the American Civil War, Revels had helped organize two regiments of the United States Colored Troops and served as a chaplain.


  1. James L. Alcorn was elected in 1870, but continued to serve as Governor of Mississippi, until finally taking his Senate seat resulting in a vacancy March 3, 1871 – December 1, 1871.

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