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The Reader’s Notebook: Joseph Rainey

Jun 21, 2017

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June 21, 2017 -- Joseph Hayne Rainey was an American politician. He was the first African American to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the second black person to serve in the United States Congress, and the first black presiding officer of the House of Representatives. Born into slavery in South Carolina, he was freed in the 1840s by his father purchasing the freedom of his entire family and himself.