Black History Month: African-American Political Firsts

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Alexander Twilight

Alexander Twilight was the first African-American to be elected to public office when he won a seat on the Vermont state legislature in 1836. A graduate of Middlebury College, he also is believed to be the first Black person to graduate from an American college or university.

 

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