United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866

An amendment to the Constitution of the United States that granted citizenship and equal rights, both civil and legal, to Black Americans, including those who had been emancipated by the thirteenth amendment.

Abner C. Harding

Quill platform ID: p8187.

"(February 10, 1807 -- July 19, 1874) Abner Clark Harding was a lawyer, soldier, American politician and engaged in banking and railroad building. Harding was born in East Hampton, Middlesex County, Connecticut, and moved to Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois in 1838. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1848 and was a member of the State house of representatives from 1848-1850. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army in the 83rd Regiment, volunteered on the Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was commissioned colonel (1863) and was promoted to brigadier general. Harding was elected as a Republican to the 39th and 40th Congresses from March 4, 1865 to March 3, 1869 where he served as a chairman on the Committee on the militia (39th Congress). He was not reelected. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=H000188]"

Member of Illinois Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866, Illinois Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.

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