The Civil Rights Act of 1875

Greenbury L. Fort

(October 17, 1825 — January 13, 1883) Greenbury Lafayette Fort was a politician, judge, and lawyer. Fort was born in French Grant, Ohio in 1825 and moved to Illinois in 1847 after studying law and being admitted to the bar. While in Illinois, he served as sheriff, clerk of Marshall County, and county judge. During the Civil War, Fort served as a second lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, quartermaster, and brevetted major. After the war, he served in the Illinois State Senate before being elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1872. He served in the House from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1881. After serving in Congress, Fort retired from public life and died in 1883. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

Member of Illinois Delegation - The Civil Rights Act of 1875 [this display].

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