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    Blanche K. Bruce was one of the first Senators from the state of Mississippi who was both of the African-American Ethnic
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      Blanche K. Bruce was one of the
      first Senators from the state of
      Mississippi who was both of
      the African-American Ethnic
      grouping and was also of a
      Mixed-Race Racial lineage.



      Blanche Bruce







      Blanche K. Bruce was born March 1,  1841.

      He was a Senator from the state of Mississippi who
      who served during the Reconstruction era and who
      was also of a member of the largely multi-racial
      African-American Ethnic grouping and
      also of a Mixed-Race Racial lineage.

      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 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.


      A Picture of Senator
      Blanche Bruce and
      his wife, Josephine

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