- NAME: Hiram R. Revels
- OCCUPATION: Academic, U.S. Representative, Minister
- BIRTH DATE: September 27, 1827
- DEATH DATE: January 16, 1901
- Did You Know?: In 1870, Hiram R. Revels became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Fayetteville, North Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Aberdeen, Mississippi
- Full Name: Hiram Rhodes Revels
- AKA: Hiram R. Revels
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Hiram R. Revels is the first African American to serve in the United States Senate.
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Revels resigned from the Senate after a year to accept the presidency of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, located in Claiborne County, Mississippi. He also served as an instructor in philosophy. This position at the historically black Alcorn allowed Revels to directly participate in the intellectual enrichment of African Americans—a cause for which he had fought while serving in the Senate.
In addition to his administrative and teaching roles,
Revels remained involved with the Methodist Church, continuing to preach publicly until the end of his life. Revels died on January 16, 1901, while attending a meeting of Methodist ministers in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
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