ELLIOTT, Robert Brown, (1842 - 1884)


"Hon. Robert Brown Elliott, an Eloquent Negro Congressman from Calhoun's Old District, South Carolina," Harper's Weekly, 1874, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

ELLIOTT, Robert Brown, a Representative from South Carolina; born in England., August 11, 1842; attended public school in England; journalist; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Columbia, S.C.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1868; member of the State house of representatives from July 6, 1868, to October 23, 1870; assistant adjutant general of South Carolina 1869-1871; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1871, until his resignation, effective November 1, 1874; again a member of the State house of representatives 1874-1876, and served as speaker; unsuccessful candidate for election as attorney general of South Carolina in 1876; moved to New Orleans, La., in 1881 and practiced law until his death there on August 9, 1884; interment in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2.


Bibliography

”Robert Brown Elliott” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008; Lamson, Peggy. The Glorious Failure: Black Congressman Robert Brown Elliott and the Reconstruction in South Carolina. New York: Norton, 1973.