James D. Lynch
Secretary of State: 1869-1872
Born: 1839 in Baltimore, MD
Died: December 18, 1872
A.M.E. minister, newspaper editor. See Wikipedia entry for more information.
"By 1870, he was the most popular black man in the state and the best Republican stump speaker, black or white. Even Democrats respected this slender, fiery politician with the massive head and the direct, no-nonsense approach."
(Bennett, Lerone, Black Power U.S.A.: The Human Side of Reconstruction, 1867-1877, 1967)