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    Blanche K. Bruce, one of Mississippi s first African-American (i.e. Mixed-Race) Senators March 1 Blanche K. Bruce *On this date, Blanche K. Bruce was born in
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2007

      Blanche K. Bruce,
      one of Mississippi 's
      first African-American color

      (i.e. Mixed-Race) Senators




      March 1

      Blanche K. Bruce

      *On this date, Blanche K.
      Bruce was born in 1841.

      He was an early African-American color

      (i.e. Mixed-Race) senator from the state of
      Mississippi --- during the Reconstruction era.

      Originally from Prince Edward County,
      Virginia, after the American Civil
      War, Blanche K. Bruce moved to
      Mississippi, where in 1869 he
      became a supervisor of elections.

      By 1870 he was an emerging
      figure in state politics.

      After serving as sergeant-at-arms in the state
      senate, he held the posts of county assessor,
      sheriff, and member of the Board of Levee
      Commissioners of the Mississippi River.

      Through these positions he amassed enough wealth
      to purchase a plantation in Floreyville, Mississippi.

      In 1874, Mississippi�s Republican-dominated
      State legislature elected Bruce, a Republican,
      to a seat in the U.S. Senate.

      He served from 1875 to 1881, advocating
      just treatment for both blacks color and Amerindians and
      opposing the policy excluding Chinese immigrants.

      He sought improvement of navigation
      on the Mississippi and advocated
      better relations between the races.

      Much of his time and energy he devoted to
      fighting fraud and corruption in federal elections.

      Bruce lost his political base in Mississippi with the
      end of Reconstruction governments in the South.

      He remained in Washington when, at the
      conclusion of his Senate term, he was
      appointed register of the Treasury.

      He served in that post from 1881 to
      1885 and again from 1895 to 1898.

      He was also recorder of deeds in the
      District of Columbia (1889-95) and
      a trustee of Howard University.

      Blanche Bruce died on March
      17, 1898 in Washington, D.C.





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