NEGROES: Pinchback

Bismarck R. Pinchback, namesake of Otto Edward Leopold, Empire-forger, died last week. He had the distinction of being the son of the only Negro who ever acted as Governor of Louisiana. His father, Pinckney Benton Stewart, as President of the State Senate and Lieutenant Governor, ruled Louisiana for two months (December 1872 through January 1873) during the impeachment trial of Governor Henry Clay Warmoth. It was at the time of the carpet-bagger-scalawag régime, when President Grant was maintaining a Republican state government in power by force of arms. Histories call Pinchback a...

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