Richard H. Cain

Richard Harvey Cain ( born April 12, 1825 in Greenbrier County, Virginia; † January 18, 1887 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1879 he represented twice the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Cain was born a free African American parents son in today's West Virginia. In 1831 he moved with his father to Gallipolis, Ohio. There he attended the public schools. Later he graduated from Wilberforce University and another school in Hannibal (Missouri ). Cain worked as a hairdresser in Galena and then grabbed the profession of a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1859 he was a deacon in Muscatine (Iowa). Between 1861 and 1865 he served as pastor in Brooklyn.

After the end of the Civil War Richard Cain moved in 1865 to Charleston in South Carolina. There he worked as a minister again. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In 1868 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of South Carolina; 1868 to 1872 he was in the state Senate. Cain was also temporarily out the newspaper "South Carolina leader ."

Cain was elected in 1872 again set up the fifth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. Since he resigned in 1874 to further candidacy, he was initially able to do only one term in Congress until March 3, 1875. In 1876 he was elected to the House of Representatives again in the second district, where he spent between 4 March 1877 to 3 March 1879 as the successor of Charles W. Buttz another term. There he sat down one especially for the Civil Rights Act of 1875. In 1878, he did not campaign for the Congress.

Richard Cain in 1880 was appointed bishop of his church. In this capacity he oversaw the districts in Louisiana and Texas. He was also involved in the founding of the Paul Quinn College, which he was president until 1884. Richard Caine died on January 18, 1887 in the federal capital, Washington.