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RAPIER, J. T.

Florence Gazette, Saturday, June 2, 1883, p. 3.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ Ex-Congressman James T. Rapier-the most prominent colored man in Alabama-died Thursday, in Montgomery, quite suddenly. He was a native of Florence, and about 50 years old. His father, John Rapier, was a barber here,. [sic] and was highly respected by our people. He was educated in Canada, and was a man of fine sense. Besides representing the Montgomery district one term in Congress, he was Collector of Internal Revenue for this district for a number of years, and very lately removed by President Arthur. He was unmarried, and leaves a good property, over $50,000, it is said. One of his brothers, Thomas Rapier, left yesterday for Montgomery, with his attorney, Emmet O'Neal, Esq. [.] His body will be buried here.

╩ ╩╩╩╩╩╩ The obituary notice received too late for publication this week, shall appear in our next issue. [Note: See the Florence Gazette of June 9, 1883, the Banner of June 5, 12, and 19, 1883, and the Lawrence County, AL, Moulton Adv. of June 14, 1883, below.]

Florence╩Gazette, Saturday, June 9, 1883, p. 2.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ Ex-Collector James T. Rapier was buried at St. Louis, at the request of relatives there, and not here, as was first intended. We hear he leaves no will. [╩Note: See the Florence Gazette of June 2, 1883, the Banner of June 5, 12, and 19, 1883, and the Lawrence County, AL ╩Moulton Adv. of June 14, 1883, below .]

Florence Banner, Tuesday, June 5, 1883, p. 1.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ James Rapier, well known in Florence, died of consumption in Montgomery, on last Thursday. James Rapier was educated in Canida [sic]╩before the war, and since that time has figured in the politics of this State, in different ways to a considerable extent. [Note: See the Florence ╩Gazette of June 2 and╩╩9,╩1883, the Banner of June╩12, and 19, 1883, and the╩ Lawrence County, AL Moulton Adv. of╩ June 14, 1883, below.]

Florence Banner, Tuesday, June 12, 1883, p. 1.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ James T. Rapier, whose death we mentioned last week, was carried to St. Louis for burial. [Note: See the Florence Gazette of June 2 and╩╩9,╩1883, the Banner of June 5╩and 19, 1883, and the Lawrence County, AL Moulton Adv. of╩ June 14, 1883, below.]

Moulton Advertiser [Lawrence, Co., AL]╩Thursday, June 14, 1883, p. 2.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ James T. Rapier, the most prominent colored man in Alabama, died recently in Montgomery. He was born in Florence 50 years ago, was unmarried, educated in Cuba [sic], had been a member of Congress, hold [sic] other important offices, and left a fortune of $50,000╩ 00. [Note: See the Florence Gazette of June 2 and╩╩9,╩1883, above, ╩and╩the Banner of June 5, 12, and 19, 1883, above and below.]

Florence Banner, Tuesday, June 19, 1883, p. 1.

╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩╩ The Moulton Advertiser [sic] says that J. T. Rapier who died recently was educated in "Cuba." It was Canada, not Cuba. [Note: See the Florence Gazette of June 2 and╩╩9,╩1883, above, and╩the Banner of June 5 and╩12,╩1883, the Lawrence County, AL ╩Moulton Adv. of June 14, 1883, above.]


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