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Charles Milton Bell, 03 Apr 1848 - 12 May 1893  Search this
John Roy Lynch, 10 Sep 1847 - 2 Nov 1939  Search this
Albumen silver print
Image: 14.8 x 10.1 cm (5 13/16 x 4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14")
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
c. 1883
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One of the leading African American statesmen during Reconstruction, John Roy Lynch was born in slavery and later sold with his mother and siblings to a planter in Natchez, Mississippi. Liberated when Union forces reached Natchez in 1863, Lynch strove to educate himself, and soon developed a passion for politics and parliamentary law. Advocating Republican Party initiatives for the advancement of southern blacks, Lynch spoke eloquently in support of the new Mississippi constitution, which extended voting rights to black men. Elected to the state legislature in 1869, he served as speaker of the house during his second term. In 1873, at the age of twenty-six, Lynch became the first African American to represent Mississippi in the U.S. House of Representatives. A champion for human rights legislation, Lynch helped win passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which he termed "an act of simple justice."
Interior  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Goatee  Search this
Photographic format\Cabinet card  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Male  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Military\Army\Officer  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Mississippi  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Mississippi  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Real Estate Agent  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Law and Law Enforcement\Justice of the Peace  Search this
John Roy Lynch: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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