BRUCE, BLANCHE KELSO. (1841-98) American politician, born into slavery, and after the Civil War became the first African-American Senator to serve a full term and the second elected to the U. S. Senate. He was elected as a Republican from Mississippi, serving from 1875-81. Following his Senate term, he became Register of the Treasury appointed by Pres. Garfield, and recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia 1891-1893.
Document Signed, 2 pp on one folio, Washington, D.C. September 20, 1890 .
As recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, Bruce signed deeded transactions, the formal documents of which are represented here, signed, "B. K. Bruce." (Item ID: 989)
Bruce studied at Oberlin College from 1866-1868 and became a successful planter before entering politics.