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HYMAN, John Adams (1840-1891)

HYMAN, JOHN ADAMS, a Representative from North Carolina; born a slave near Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., July 23, 1840; was sold and sent to Alabama; returned to North Carolina in 1865 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; pursued elementary studies; delegate to the State equal rights convention in 1865 and to the State constitutional convention in 1868; member of the State senate 1868-1874; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1876; resumed agricultural pursuits; special deputy collector of internal revenue for the fourth district of North Carolina from July 1, 1877, to June 30, 1878; died in Washington, D.C., on September 14, 1891; interment in Harmony Cemetery.

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