Joseph Rainey sworn-in to Congress

It was on this date in 1870 that Joseph Rainey was sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rainey was not the first African-American to serve in Congress, that honor belonging to Hiram Revels, but Rainey was the first African-American to be elected to Congress. Rainey represented South Carolina’s 1st District and was re-elected four times. …

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