An amendment to the Constitution of the United States that granted citizenship and equal rights, both civil and legal, to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated by the thirteenth amendment.
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(15 July, 1828 -- 10 November, 1904) Brandegee was an American lawyer and politician. Born in New London, Conn., Brandegee graduated Yale Law School in 1851 and was admitted to the bar that year. Brandegee was a member of the State house of representatives (1854, 1858, 1859, and 1861) and served as speaker his last term. Brandegee was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and the Thirty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4th, 1863 to March 3rd, 1867. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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