Born: April 12, 1825, in Greenbriar County, Virginia
Status: Died January 18, 1887, in Washington, D.C.; buried in Graceland Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Education: Attended school in Gallipolis, Ohio; ordained a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Hannibal, Missouri, 1844; joined the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1848; attended Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1860; awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1880s
Position: Minister in the midwestern United States, 1844-1860; minister, AME Church, Brooklyn, New York, 1861-1865; minister, Emmanuel Church, Charleston, South Carolina, 1865-c. 1868; participant, Zion Church Colored People's Convention, 1865; editor and publisher, South Carolina Leader (renamed the Missionary Record in April, 1868), 1866-1872; delegate, South Carolina constitutional convention, 1868; state senator, South Carolina State Senate, 1868-1870; congressman at large for South Carolina, 1873-1875; U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, 1877-1879; elected bishop in the AME Church, 1880; president, Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas, 1880-1884; presiding bishop, AME Church, for the New Jersey Conference, 1884-1887
Richard Harvey Cain was born on April 12, 1825, in Greenbriar County, Virginia, of free parents. His mother was a Cherokee Indian and