John R. Lynch

John R. Lynch

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Roy Lynch was the first African-American Speaker of the House in Mississippi. He was also one of the first African-Americans elected to the U.S House of Representatives during Reconstruction, the period in United States history after the Civil War. Lynch was born a slave near Vidalia, Concordia Parish, Louisiana. His father, Patrick Lynch, an immigrant from Dublin, Ireland, was a planter near Vidalia. His mother Catherine White was a slave of mixed European and African heritage. After John's birth, his father planned to move the family to New Orleans and free them. His fatal illness ended this plan. A friend, promising to free the family, took title of John and his mother from Patrick before he died. But the friend instead sold Catherine and John to a planter in Natchez, Mississippi. They were held in slavery until 1863, after the Union Army arrived in Mississippi and President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamationshow more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 213g
  • Bellum Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135715704
  • 9786135715705