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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"(June 26, 1819 -- May 8, 1899) William Lawrence was a teacher, lawyer, commissioner of bankruptcy, editor, public servant, supreme court reporter, judge, soldier, organized a bank and president of a bank, comptroller, president of an association, and an American politician. Lawrence was born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1840. He was a commissioner of bankrupcy for Logan County (1842), prosecuting attorney of Logan County (1845), editor of the Logan Gazette (1845 - 1847) and Western Law Monthly (1859 - 1862), supreme court reporter (1851), judge of the court of common pleas and district court (1857 - 1867) United States Judge of Florida (1863) but declined, organized and was president for the Bellefontaine National Bank (1871), first comptroller of the United States Treasury (1880-1885) and was the president of the National Wool Growers' Association (1891). He served as a member of the State house of representatives in 1846 and in the State senate (1845-1847 and 1854). He also served in the Union Army in 1862 as a colonel of the Eighty-fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Lawrence was elected as a Republican to the 39th, 40th, 41st, 43rd, and 44th Congresses (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871 and March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1877), was unsuccessful for renomination in 1876 and served as chairman on the Committee on War Claims (43rd Congress). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=L000140]"
Member of Ohio Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866, Ohio Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.
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