Robert Brown Elliott was born in Liverpool, England back in 1842. He graduated from High Holborn Academy in London, then graduating from Eton College in 1859 with a law degree. After graduation, he joined the British Royal Navy before deciding to settle in South Carolina in 1867.
He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1868. He helped organize the local Republican Party and served in the state constitutional convention as a delegate from the Edgefield district. He was appointed assistant adjutant-general then the commanding general of the South Carolina National Guard. He helped form a state militia to fight the Ku Klux Klan. In 1871, he was elected to the Forty-Third United States Congress. He delivered a notable speech on the Bill to Enforce the Provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
In 1876, he was elected as the South Carolina Attorney General. By 1879, he worked for the Treasury Department in Charleston, South Carolina. While on a trip to Florida he contracted malaria, and died in New Orleans in 1884.
What you may not know about Robert is that he did all of this despite him being an African-American in those days. Just goes to show you nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.
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