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Burnet, David Gouverneur

(Encyclopedia) Burnet, David Gouverneur gŭv˝əno͝or´ bûr´nĭt [key], 1788–1870, provisional president of Texas (1836), b. Newark, N.J.; son of William Burnet (1730–91). He went to Texas c.1817, and...

Texas Rangers

(Encyclopedia) Texas Rangers, mounted fighting force organized (1835) during the Texas Revolution. During the republic they became established as the guardians of the Texas frontier, particularly against Nati...

Hayes, Rutherford Birchard

(Encyclopedia) Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822–93, 19th President of the United States (1877–81), b. Delaware, Ohio, grad. Kenyon College, 1843, and Harvard law school, 1845. He became a moderately succe...

Blanche Bruce

Blanche Kelso Bruce, the son of a black slave and a white plantation owner, was the first African-American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. Blanche Bruce was born into slavery…

P.B.S. Pinchback Biography

P.B.S. PinchbackPinckney Benton StewartAmerican Reconstruction-era politician Born: May 10, 1837Birthplace: Macon, Georgia Pinchback was born to a freed slave and her former m…

Ku Klux Klan

(Encyclopedia) Ku Klux Klan ko͞o˝ klŭks klăn [key], designation mainly given to two distinct secret societies that played a part in American history, although other less important groups have also used t...