An amendment to the Constitution of the United States that granted citizenship and equal rights, both civil and legal, to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated by the thirteenth amendment.
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"(June 10, 1827 -- October 13, 1896) Thomas White Ferry was a merchant, public servant, and American politician. Ferry was born in the old mission house of the Astor Fur Company on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Ferry was a member of the State house of representatives from 1850 to 1852 and a member of the State senate in 1856. He was also a delegate to the Loyalist Convention at Philadelphia in 1866. He was elected as a Republican to the 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871) but resigned from the 42nd Congress because he was elected a senator. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1871 and reelected in 1877 serving from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1883, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882. During this time, he served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the 44th and 45th Congresses, chairman of the Committee on Rules (43rd - 45th Congresses), on the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (45th and 47thn congresses), presided over the impeachment of Secretary of War William Belknap and over 16 joint meetings of the Senate and house of Representatives during Hayes-Tilden presidential electoral contest in 1877. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=F000095]"
Member of Michigan Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866, Michigan Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.
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