Lewis Hayden (December 2, 1811 – April 7, 1889) was an African-American leader, ex-slave, abolitionist, businessman, Republican Party worker and a representative from Boston to the Massachusetts state legislature in 1873.
James Lawson Kemper - Civil War Confederate Major General, Virginia Governor. At the start of the Civil War, he was a member of the Virginia State Legislature and helped organize Virginia troops for the Confederate forces. Rising through the ranks, he fought at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General in June, 1862. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded, taken prisoner and prisoner exchanged in early 1864.
John B Jones 1834-1881. During Civil War he enlisted as a private in 8th Texas Cavalry but lift to become adjutant of Speight's Fifteenth Texas Infantry with rank of Captain. By end of war was promoted to Major. Was elected to state legislature in 1868. When Frontier Battalion was created in 1874 he was appointed to head the organization. Jones died in line of service in 1881.
I fancy Wisconsin State Legislature for enacting a bill that establishes fully independent review of officer-involved fatalities. What I Did After Police Killed My Son - Michael Bell - POLITICO Magazine
Abraham Clark (1726-1794) He was a delegate to the Continential Congress from NJ and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the New Jersey state legislature, represented his state at the Annapolis Convention in 1786, and was opposed to the Constitution until it incorporated a bill of rights. He served in the United States Congress for two terms from 1791 until his death in 1794.
Alexander Lucius Twilight, (1795 -1857) an African American First -Twilight is known to be the first African American to earn a degree from a U.S. University when he graduated from Middlebury College in 1823. His accomplishment is even more notable when you consider that he didn't start school until he was 20. The Vermont native would also become the first African American elected to a state legislature in 1836.
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) is the only singer of the Declaration of Independence buried in the mid-Atlantic region. After the Revolutionary War, he served in the MA legislature and was governor when a redistricting bill became the butt of political jokes because a major district looked like a salamander, thus "Gerrymander" into the political lexicon.(R29/S9)