On this day in Alabama history: Former Congressman Earl Hilliard was born

On this day in Alabama history: Former Congressman Earl Hilliard was born
Birmingham native Earl F. Hilliard (1942- ) was a state legislator for nearly 20 years and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-2003. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

April 9, 1942

Earl Frederick Hilliard is a lawyer and Democratic politician who served in the Alabama House of Representatives (1974-1980), Alabama Senate (1981-1992) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2003). Hilliard was the first African American from Alabama to serve in Congress since Jeremiah Haralson during the Reconstruction era. While in Congress, Hilliard earned a reputation as a hard-fighting and tactical legislator focused on securing federal assistance for both his urban and rural constituents in the 7th Congressional District.

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