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Hiram Rhodes Revels was born on September 27, 1827 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to free parents. As a young man, he worked as a barber. He apprenticed with his brother who came to own his own barbershop. When his brother died, Hiram inherited his brother's shop and ran it until he left for seminary school. He became an ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and worked as a itinerant preacher. .
When the Civil War began, he organized two Black regiments for the Union Army and fought in the Battle of Vicksburg. When the war ended, Hiram and his family (his wife and daughters) settled in Natchez, Mississippi and worked as a minister. In 1968, Hiram won the position of alderman in his county, then he served in the Mississippi State Senate briefly. In 1870, he was selected by the state Congress to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. .
Hiram, being selected to fill the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate, caused a lot of controversy. Many argued that he did not meet the 9-year citizenship requirement to take his seat. However, his supporters rallied for him and he took his seat as the first Black United States Senator. .
After a year in Senate, Hiram resigned and accepted a job with Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, as the President and also taught philosophy. .
On January 16, 1901, Hiram died in Aberdeen, Mississippi, at the age of 73. (📷: Library of Congress)
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