Revels Hiram Rhodes
-A freedman his entire life, Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress
- At the time, the state legislature elected U.S. senators from Mississippi. In 1870 Revels was elected by a vote of 81 to 15 in the Mississippi State Senate to finish the term of one of the state's two seats in the US Senate, which had been left vacant since the Civil War.
-First african-american to involved in the congres
-serve in 1870-1874
-Letter dated January 25, 1870 from the Governor of the State of Mississippi and the Secretary of State of Mississippi that certified the election of Hiram Revels to the United States senator
-Revels resigned two months before his term expired to accept appointment as the first president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College
-When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Revels helped recruit two black regiments from Maryland. In 1862, when black soldiers were permitted to fight, he served as the chaplain for a black regiment in campaigns in Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi. In 1863, Revels returned to St