Pinckney Pinchback biography
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.