- NAME: Pinckney Pinchback
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, U.S. Representative, U.S. Governor
- BIRTH DATE: May 10, 1837
- DEATH DATE: December 21, 1921
- Did You Know?: In 1872, Pinckney Pinchback became the first person of African-American descent to be elected a U.S. governor.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Macon, Georgia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback
- AKA: P.B.S. Pinchback
- AKA: Pinckney Pinchback
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Pinckey Pinchback is best known as the first person of African-American descent to become governor of a U.S. state.
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Born in Macon, Georgia, on May 10, 1837, the son of a former slave, Pinckney Pinchback fought in the Civil War and was one of the Union Army's few commissioned officers of African-American ancestry. He became a commander, but resigned in 1863 due to racial tensions. In 1872, Pinchback became the first person of African-American descent to be elected a U.S. governor. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate. He died in Washington, D.C., on December 21, 1921.
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