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Blanche Kelso Bruce

Birth1 MAR 1841
 
Occup1875-1881
 
Flag of Mississippi
Org.1881-1885 Register of the Treasury
Death17 MAR 1898
 
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Aged: 57 years
Born a slave, first elected African American to serve a full term in the US Senate.

A post-Civil War building boom brought grand new houses to this convenient area. By 1881 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, and Major John Wesley Powell, pioneering director of the U.S. Geological Survey, lived on this block.

Born enslaved in Virginia, Bruce (1841-1898) escaped from slavery, attended Oberlin College, then became rich buying abandoned plantations in Mississippi. The Mississippi Legislature elected Bruce to the U.S. Senate. From 1875 to 1881, Senator Bruce worked to aid destitute blacks and improve government treatment of Native Americans. Later, he served as register of the U.S. Treasury and recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

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