P.B.S. PINCHBACK Biography - Military related figures


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Name: Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback                                           
Born: 10 May 1837 Macon, Georgia                                                 
Died: 21 December 1921 Washington, DC                                             
Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (May 10, 1837 - December 21, 1921) was the     
first African American to become governor of a U.S. state. He was also the first 
African American governor of Louisiana. Pinchback, a Republican, served as the   
governor of Louisiana for thirty-five days, from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 
Nicholas Lemann, in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, described       
Pinchback as "an outsized figure: newspaper publisher, gambler, orator,           
speculator, dandy, mountebank -- served for a few months as the state's governor 
and claimed seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but     
could not persuade the members of either to seat him."