Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (May 10, 1837 – December 21, 1921) was the first person of African American descent to become governor of a U.S. state. A Republican, he served as the 24th Governor of Louisiana from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 1873.
After the Civil war, Pinchback returned to New Orleans and became active in the Republican Party, participating in Reconstruction state conventions. In 1868, he organized the Fourth Ward Republican Club in New Orleans.
After his governorship, Pinchback remained active in politics and public service. In the elections of 1874 and 1876, Pinchback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate, another pioneering accomplishment as the state's first African American representative to Washington. Both election results were contested, and his Democratic opponents were seated instead. It was the beginning of a reversal of the political gains African Americans had achieved since the war's end.
Nicholas Lemann, in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, described Pinchback as "an outsized figure: newspaper publisher, gambler, orator, speculator, dandy, mountebank.
Title: Gov. Pinchback Date Created / Published: [between 1870 and 1880] Medium: 1 negative : glass, wet collodion. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-03857 (digital file from original neg.)
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