It was on this day, August 8th, in 1878, that black Republican James Rapier became Collector of International Revenue. He had previously served as a United States Representative from 1873 until 1875. He attended college at Montreal College, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He campaigned against the conservative Democratic Party’s Redeemer government in Alabama. He was one of Alabama’s three black congressmen during Reconstruction before the Democrats removed all blacks from office.
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