Senator Hiram Revels, once the only Black person in congress, dies.
1901 (Jan 16)
Hiram R. Revels, former United States senator from Mississippi, died at Holly Springs. In 1870 he replaced Jefferson Davis and became the only Black person in the United States congress. A former barber and preacher, he was a reluctant politician. Revels had also served as president of Alcorn College for Negroes in Mississippi.