Alexander Lucius Twilight, (1795 -1857) an African American First -Twilight is known to be the first African American to earn a degree from a U.S. University when he graduated from Middlebury College in 1823. His accomplishment is even more notable when you consider that he didn't start school until he was 20. The Vermont native would also become the first African American elected to a state legislature in 1836.
James Lawson Kemper - Civil War Confederate Major General, Virginia Governor. At the start of the Civil War, he was a member of the Virginia State Legislature and helped organize Virginia troops for the Confederate forces. Rising through the ranks, he fought at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General in June, 1862. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded, taken prisoner and prisoner exchanged in early 1864.
Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats during Barack Obama's presidency
What the Democrats don't want you to know: Party lost more than 1,030 seats in state legislatures, governor's mansions & Congress during 0bama's presidency. Statistic reveals how 0bama's leadership was rough on the party's grassroots Democrats now hold the governor's office & both legislative chambers in just five coastal states 0bama's tenure has marked the greatest number of losses under any president in decades, according to experts He's indicated he intends to m...
California braces for a Trump presidency by tapping former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder for legal counsel
Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as outside counsel to advise the state’s legal strategy against the incoming administration. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-legislature-eric-holder-donald-trump-20170104-story.html
Hannah Diggs Atkins (librarian, educator, state legislator). A graduate of the University of Chicago Graduate Library School, Atkins served as school, public, and academic librarian, as well as library educator in Tennessee and Oklahoma. She was the first African-American woman to sit in the State Legislature in Oklahoma and first African woman Secretary of State of Oklahoma. Sources: Notable American Black Women, II, 1998; Black Women in America, 1993.