Lewis Hayden (December 2, 1811 – April 7, 1889) was an African-American leader, ex-slave, abolitionist, businessman, Republican Party worker and a representative from Boston to the Massachusetts state legislature in 1873.
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.
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.
John B Jones 1834-1881. During Civil War he enlisted as a private in 8th Texas Cavalry but lift to become adjutant of Speight's Fifteenth Texas Infantry with rank of Captain. By end of war was promoted to Major. Was elected to state legislature in 1868. When Frontier Battalion was created in 1874 he was appointed to head the organization. Jones died in line of service in 1881.
I fancy Wisconsin State Legislature for enacting a bill that establishes fully independent review of officer-involved fatalities. What I Did After Police Killed My Son - Michael Bell - POLITICO Magazine
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.
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) is the only singer of the Declaration of Independence buried in the mid-Atlantic region. After the Revolutionary War, he served in the MA legislature and was governor when a redistricting bill became the butt of political jokes because a major district looked like a salamander, thus "Gerrymander" into the political lexicon.(R29/S9)