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THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 31th Annual Edition, 1943-1944
Volume 521, Page 37   View pdf image (33K)
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OSCAR DePRIEST,

who was born March 9, 1871, went to
Chicago in 1889 from his hometown in
Alabama, and conducted a paint and
decorating business until 1904.

He served as county commissioner in
Cook County from 1894 to 1904 and
served in the Chicago City Council from
1916 to 1917; served as commissioner
under Mayor W. H. Thompson from
1912-22 and as alderman. He was a del-
egate to three Republican National Con-
ventions and was a Committeeman from
Chicago's Third Ward.

In 1928, he was elected to Congress
and served until 1934.

JOSEPH H. RAINEY
(1832-1887)

Born in Georgetown, S. C., June 21,
1832; received a limited education; mem-
ber of the State Constitutional Conven-
tion of 1868; member of the State Sen-
ate in 1870, bat re-
signed to fill unex-
pired term of B. P.
Whitimore, white,
U. S. Congressman.
Served as a regular
Republican member
of Congress from
South Carolina from
December 12, 1870, to
March 3, 1879, the
longest term of any
of the Reconstruc-
tion Congressmen.
He died in Georgetown, August 1,
1887.

ARTHUR W. MITCHELL

who was born December 22, 1883, pres-
ent Representative from Chicago's First
Illinois District, is the first Democrat of
his race to be elected to Congress.

He taught school for many years in
rural Alabama, founded Armstrong Ag-
ricultural School in West Butler, Ala.,
studied at Tuskegee, Columbia and Har-
vard and was admitted to the D. C. bar
and practiced there ten years before
moving to Chicago where he practiced
from 1929 to 1934.

He was elected to Congress in 1935
and only last week announced that he
would not be a candidate to succeed
himself.

CHARLES E. NASH

Born in Opelousa, La., attended school
in New Orleans. A bricklayer by trade,
he fought as a private with the 83rd
Regiment, U. S.
Chasseurs d'Afrique.
In 1863, he was pro-
moted to sergeant-
major. He lost a leg
at the storming of
Fort Blakely. Elect-
ed as a Republican
to the Forty-fourth
Congress and served
from March 4, 1875,
to March 3, 1877.

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