Jefferson Franklin Long became first Black person to speak in the House of Representatives as a congressman. Long was an American politician from Georgia. He was the first African American from Georgia to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. Long was born a slave near the city of Knoxville and Crawford County, Georgia on March 3, 1836. He was self-educated. He became a merchant tailor in Macon, Georgia. Long was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused when the U.S. House declared Samuel F. Gove not entitled to the seat and served from December 22, 1870, to March 3, 1871.
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