Answer to Question #165466 in History for Colten

Question #165466

Which statement accurately describes African American Wentworth Cheswell?

Expert's answer

Wentworth Cheswell was the first African-American elected to public office in the history of the modern-day United States. He was a free black man and held public office in several capacities, including town constable, scrivener, town messenger, assessor, justice of the peace and auditor. Other notable remarks about Wentworth were that he was a patriot during the American Revolution and rode with Paul Revere in different directions to warn colonists of the impending British invasion. He also signed a pledge to take up arms to resist the British as a form of solidarity with the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was New Hampshire’s first archaeologist.  

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