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Bruce, Blanche Kelso

Born: 1841 AD
Died: 1898 AD
3.1 (61.76%) 34 votes

1841 – Bruce was born in Prince Edward County on the 1st of March.

1850 – Bruce moved to Missouri after becoming a printer’s apprentice.

1864 – He moved to Hannibal, Missouri, where he established Missouri’s first school for blacks.

         – Bruce became a wealthy landowner in Mississippi and was appointed to the positions of Tallahatchie County registrar of voters and tax assessor before winning an election for sheriff in Bolivar County.

         – He later was elected to other county positions, including tax collector and supervisor of education, while also editing a local newspaper.

1874 – In February, Bruce was elected by the state legislature to the Senate as a Republican.

1880 – James Z. George was elected to succeed Bruce.

1881 – Bruce was appointed by President James A. Garfield to be the register of the Treasury, making Bruce the first black whose signature was represented on U.S. currency.

1891-1893 – Bruce served as the District of Columbia recorder of deeds.

1898 – He was a register of the Treasury until his death on the 17th of March.


3.1 (61.76%) 34 votes