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Tilley, H.H., (fl. 1878) to Blanche Kelso Bruce

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09400.049 Author/Creator: Tilley, H.H., (fl. 1878) Place Written: Washingotn D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 December, 1878 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.8 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: A letter that was sent with an article from the "Republic". The author of the letter received this paper and article from J.E. Daniel, a doctor from Jackson Mississippi. The article details a boy's conduct during a yellow fever outbreak. The letter also mentions a sketch of a school in Mass. that the author went to. It is a satirical picture of the school which the author gives the Senator permission to use.

Background Information: Blanche Kelso Bruce was born into slavery near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va. on March 1 1841. He was tutored by his master's son, but left his master at the beginning of ...the civil war and taught school in Hannibal Mo. After the civil war Bruce became a planter in Mississippi, and a member of the Mississippi Levee Board, and Sheriff and Tax Collector for Bolivar County from 1872-1875. Bruce was then elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, where he served from March 4 1875 - March 3 1881. Bruce was the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. In 1881 Bruce was appointed by President James Garfield as the Register of the Treasury. Bruce then went on to serve as the Recorder of Deeds for the District of Colombia from 1891-1893, returning to the office of Register of the Treasury from 1897 until his death on March 17, 1898. See More

People: Bruce, Blanche Kelso, 1841-1898
Tilley, H.H., fl. 1878

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican Americans in GovernmentCongressReconstructionGovernment and CivicsJournalismHealth and MedicalEpidemicYellow FeverEducation

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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