- Robert B. Elliott
Robert Elliottfor other people with this name"
name=Robert Brown Elliott
date of birth=birth date|1842|8|11|mf=y
place of birth=Liverpool, England
date of death=death date and age|1884|8|9|1842|8|11|mf=y
place of death=
March 4, 1871- November 1, 1874
Solomon L. Hoge
Lewis C. Carpenter
Robert Brown Elliott (1842-1884) was an
African Americanmember of the United States House of Representativesfrom South Carolina.
Born in Liverpool, England, he graduated from
Eton Collegein 1859, and served in the English Royal Navy. He moved to South Carolinain 1867 and established a law practice. Elliott helped organize the local Republican Party and served at the state constitutional convention. In 1868 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. The next year he was appointed assistant adjutant-general; He was the first African American commanding general of the South Carolina National Guard. As part of his job, he helped form a state militia to fight the Ku Klux Klan.
Elliott was elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third United States Congress. He "delivered a celebrated speech" [http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/reconstruction/section4/section4_elliott.html] in favor of the
Civil Rights Act of 1875. He resigned on November 1, 1874, to fight political corruption in South Carolina. He served once more as a member of the state house of representatives, where he was elected as Speaker of the House.
In 1876, he was elected
South Carolina Attorney General. However, Reconstruction ended that year and he was forced out of office. He set up a private law practice in New Orleans.
* [http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/490/Robert_B_Elliott_a_talented_political_force/ African American Registry Board]
* [http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/reconstruction/section4/section4_elliott.html/ America's Reconstruction: Biographical Sidebar on Robert B. Elliot]
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