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John R. Lynch

John R. Lynch (1847-1939)¹

John Roy Lynch was born near the Northeast Louisiana-Mississippi border. He and his mother were enslaved in Natchez, MS after the death of his father. He was a member of the MS state legislature. He was elected to congress in 1873. He served two terms between 1873 and 1883. He received several appointments to government positions under President arrison and McKinley.

Upon retirement, he made his home in Chicago until his death (1939). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Bibliography ¹

Lynch, John Roy. Reminiscences of an Active Life. Edited by John Hope Franklin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970;

Bell, Frank C. “The Life and Times of John R. Lynch: A Case Study 1847-1939.” Journal of Mississippi History 38 (February 1976): 53-67.

Franklin, John Hope. “Lynch, John Roy.” In Dictionary of American Negro Biography, edited by Rayford W. Logan and Michael R. Winston, pp. 407-9. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1982.

”John Roy Lynch” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-1989. Prepared under the direction of the Commission on the Bicentenary by the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1991.

Lynch, John Roy. Colored Americans: John R. Lynch’s Appeal To Them. Milwaukee: Allied Printing, [1900?]

———. The Facts of Reconstruction. New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1913. Reprint, edited by William C. Harris, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., [1970].

———. The Late Election in Mississippi. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1877.

———. Reminiscences of an Active Life. Edited and with an Introduction by John Hope Franklin. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970.

———. Some Historical Errors of James Ford Rhodes. Boston: The Cornhill Publishing Co., 1922.

Mann, Kenneth Eugene. “John Roy Lynch: U.S. Congressman from Mississippi.” Negro History Bulletin 37 (April/May 1974): 238-41.


¹ Biographical Directory of the Unites States Congress, 1774-Present. []

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