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TURNER, Benjamin Sterling, a Representative from Alabama; born near Weldon, Halifax County,
N.C., March 17, 1825; raised as a slave; received no early education; moved to
Alabama in 1830 and by clandestine study obtained a fair education; engaged in
mercantile pursuits; elected tax collector of Dallas County in 1867; councilman
of the city of Selma in 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second
Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; delegate to the Republican National
Convention in 1880; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Alabama; died in Selma,
Dallas County, Ala., March 21, 1894; interment in Live Oak Cemetery.
BibliographyBenjamin Sterling Turner 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.