Philadelphia attorney Robert N. C. Nix taking his oath of office as a United States Congressman, January 1959.
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Robert N. C. Nix taking his oath as Congressman, sworn in by House Speaker Pro Tem John W. McCormack (D-Mass) second from left. Also participating in the ceremony were Philadelphia Congressman William J. Green Jr., (left) and Congressman Francis E. Walter of Easton, PA (right), who was head of the Pennsylvania Democratic Delegation.  January, 1959

Credit: Courtesy of Temple University, Urban Archives, Philadelphia, Pa

A graduate of Lincoln University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Robert N. C. Nix (1898-1987) became active in the Democratic Party as a committeeman from the fourth ward in 1932. Appointed special assistant deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania in 1934 by Governor George Earle, Nix in 1959 became the first African American to represent the state of Pennsylvania in Congress.

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