Profile: Arthur Wergs Mitchell (1883-1968)

Words by: :¬†ALLISON O’CONNOR In 1934, Arthur Wergs Mitchell became the first African American Democrat elected to Congress from any state. Mitchell served four terms as a Representative in Congress for the state of Illinois (1935-1943). Mitchell was born near Lafayette Alabama on December 22, 1883 and was educated at Tuskegee Institute, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. Mitchell founded the Armstrong Agricultural School in … Continue reading Profile: Arthur Wergs Mitchell (1883-1968)