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Blanche Bruce Signed Land Deed PSA Slabbed MINT 9 - First Elected African American Senator to Serve Full Term

BRUCE, BLANCHE.  Partially Printed Document Signed, "B. K. Bruce", as Recorder, 3.5" x 8.5", Washington, August 2, 1890, being a land deed of trust from Louis Fellheimer to S. Ross and A. Fisher, trustees.  PSA graded MINT 9 and slabbed to 5.5" x 12.5".  Fine condition.

Blanche Kelso Bruce (March 1, 1841 – March 17, 1898) was born into slavery in Prince Edward County, Virginia and went on to become a politician who represented Mississippi as a Republican in the United States Senate from 1875 to 1881. He was the first elected African American senator to serve a full term. In 1868, during Reconstruction, Bruce relocated to Bolivar near Cleveland in northwestern Mississippi, at which time he purchased a Mississippi Delta plantation. He became a wealthy landowner of several thousand acres in the Mississippi Delta. He was appointed to the positions of Tallahatchie County registrar of voters and tax assessor before he won an election for sheriff in Bolivar County. He later was elected to other county positions, including tax collector and supervisor of education, while he also edited a local newspaper. He became sergeant-at-arms for the Mississippi State Senate in 1870.

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