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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"(August 12, 1818 -- June 6, 1887) Ulysses Mercur was a(n) lawyer, public servant, judge, and American politician. Ulysses was born in Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Mercur studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He was the presiding judge of the 13th judicial district of Pennsylvania (1861 - March 4, 1865) until he resigned, associate justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania (1872-1883), and was appointed chief justice in 1883 until his death in 1887. Mercur also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856. He was elected as a republican to the 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd Congresses (March 4, 1865 - December 2, 1873), when he resigned to accept a judicial position. During his time on Congress, he served on the Committee on Private Land Claims (42nd Congress). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=M000646]"
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