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Re: Senate Report - George T . Ruby
In Response To: Senate Report - Negro Exodus from Southern States ()
One of the longest testimonies was that of George Thompson Ruby.
He was later an agent for the freedmen's Bureau, newspaper editor, Union League activist, Texas Delegate to the National Republican Convention (1868), Delegate to the Texas State Constitutional Convention (1868-1869), Texas State Senator, Louisiana Civil Servant and Congressional witness. Only some of his history is embedded in the files of the Senate. Other important details were not revealed due to the 'court room' style question and answer format of the hearings in general.
Testimony of George T. Ruby (col) on Wednesday, March 10, 1880
1. Born in New York in 1841. Went to the south during the war as a teacher 'of own volition'- in New Orleans. He taught at Fort Douglas School in New Orleans and was an agent with the Freedmen's Bureau in East Feliciana Parish from the end of 1865 (or beginning of 1866) until July 1866.
2. Resident of New Orleans and Journalist for the New Orleans Observer. Lived in New Orleans for 16 years, on and off and in Texas a part of that time (approx. 8 years)
3. Once was editor of Mr. Pinchback's paper in Louisiana.
George T. Ruby Picture (Early Texas Senator)
- 1840 Census -
- 1850 Census -
Portland, Ward 2, Cumberland, ME
- 1860 Census -
Yarmouth, Cumberland, ME
Bangor, Ward 1, Penobscot, ME
- 1870 Census -
- 1880 Census -
- 1900 Census -
Unfortunately, George T. Ruby died in New Orleans of Malaria just a couple of years after his Senate testimony.
New Orleans, LA Death Records
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