Bruce, Blanche Kelso
Born: Mar 01, 1841 AD
Died: 1898 AD, at 57 years of age.
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.
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