• Ex-Slave, James Trotter, Freed by His Father-Master, First Employee of Color of Post Office Department

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    JAMES MONROE TROTTER (February 7 1842 – February 26, 1892) was born into slavery in Mississippi, but he, his two sisters and their mother were freed by their master, the child’s father, and helped to move to Cincinnati, Ohio.  Trotter became a teacher, soldier, the first African American employee of the United States Post Office Department, a music historian and Recorder of Deeds in Washington, DC. 


    He enlisted in the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and became the second man of color to be promoted to lieutenant of the U.S. Army. After the war, he married his wife and moved to Boston.  Trotter’s son, William, became a rights activist and founder and editor of the Boston Guardian, a progressive African American newspaper.


    Offering a part-print, part-manuscript deed, 8 ½ x 14, dated Dec. 22, 1887, signed by Trotten as Recorder regarding a transaction involving Charles B. Pearson, George W. F. Swartzell to Sarah M. Starr.  We find Charles B. Pearson as the President of the National Brick Manufacturers Association in Washington.  Research included.


    In excellent condition with folds, toning. One fold tear reinforced with archival tape.


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