John Adams Hyman

John Adams Hyman (* July 23, 1840 in Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina; † September 14, 1891 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1877 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Hyman was born a slave and grew up in slavery. In the meantime, he was sold to Alabama. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States Hyman returned to North Carolina, where he worked in agriculture. At the same time, he attended schools in order to acquire a basic knowledge. He also became interested in politics. Hyman was a member of the Republican Party. In 1865 he was a delegate to a civil rights meeting in North Carolina. From 1868 to 1874 he sat in the Senate of North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1874, he was elected in the second election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Charles R. Thomas on March 4, 1875. Since he was not nominated by his party for re-election in 1876, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1877.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Hyman is operated again in agriculture. In the years 1877 and 1878 he worked for the IRS in the fourth financial district of North Carolina. After he had fallen out with his church community, which accused him of misappropriation of funds and did not agree that Hyman ran a trade in alcoholic beverages, it moved to the federal capital, Washington. There he worked occasionally for the post and the Ministry of Agriculture. John Hyman died on September 14, 1891 in Washington. He left behind a wife and four children.