On this day in 1844, Rev. Henry Plummer was born a slave. He escaped and went on to earn his degree from Wayland Seminary in 1876. He ended up becoming a military chaplain in 1884. He was the first black man to be appointed as chaplain in the U.S. Army. The Democrats waged a serious war against blacks and white Republicans. Rev. Plummer was discharged from the military due to trumped up charges; and it was a REPUBLICAN governor in 2004 — Robert Ehrlich of Maryland—that overturned the court martial.
Side Note from Ken Raymond:
On July 24,1867, the South Carolina Republican Party was officially established.
One of its founders was Congressman Robert Brown Elliott. About 61 percent of the party’s founders were black.
Congressman Elliot also helped shape South Carolina’s state constitution when they re-joined the Union.
Congressman Elliott was also a chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.
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