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Rapier, James T., 1839-1883

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Personal name headingRapier, James T., 1839-1883
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Birth date1839
Death date18830531
Place of birthLauderdale County, Ala.
Place of deathMontgomery, Ala.
AffiliationUnited States. Congress. House
Profession or occupationAfrican American legislators
Found inBlack power in old Alabama, c1968: t.p. (James T. Rapier, Afro-American Congressman from Alabama) p. 2 (born in Florence, Ala., 1839) p. 36 (died May 1883)
Biog. Dir. of the U.S. Congress website, viewed May 2, 2012 (RAPIER, James Thomas, a Representative from Alabama; born a free black in Florence, Lauderdale County, Ala., Nov. 13, 1837; educated by private tutors in Alabama and studied in Canada; studied law and was admitted to the bar; taught school; returned to the South and traveled as a correspondent for a northern newspaper; became a cotton planter in Alabama in 1865; appointed a notary public by the Governor of Alabama in 1866; member of the first Republican convention held in Alabama and was one of the committee that framed the platform; member of the State constitutional convention at Montgomery in 1867; unsuccessful candidate for secretary of state in 1870; appointed assessor of internal revenue in 1871; appointed State commissioner to the Vienna Exposition by the Governor of Alabama in 1873; commissioner on the part of the U.S. to the World's Fair in Paris; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (Mar. 4, 1873-Mar. 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; appointed collector of internal revenue for the second district of Alabama on Aug. 8, 1878, and served until his death in Montgomery, Ala., May 31, 1883; interment in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.)