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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"(March 11, 1819 -- June 1, 1894) Henry Van Aernam was a doctor, surgeon in the army, commissioner, and American politician. Van Aernam was born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. He was a member of the State assembly in 1858 and served in the Union Army as a surgeon in the 154th regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (September 26, 1862 - November 5, 1864). He was appointed as Commissioner of Pensions from May 1, 1869 until May 31, 1871. He was elected as a Republican to the 39th, 40th, 46th, and 47th Congresses (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1869 and March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1883). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=V000010]"
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