HON. H. M. FOLEY,
of Wilkinson county. Mr. Foley is a native of the county he represents. He was born free, and enjoyed much better educational advantages than those who were otherwise situated. In 1866 he was employed as a teacher under the auspices of the Freedmen’s Bureau, and performed said service satisfactorily.
Immediately after the passage of the reconstruction acts he engaged actively in the campaign in this State to reconstruct her on a firm basis of freedom for all men. He braved many dangers during those terribly exciting times, but feeling that our cause was just, and that the future destiny of our people depended in a large measure upon the reconstruction acts, no duty was too burdensome for him to perform, no sacrifice too great for him to make, and right manfully did he battle for our glorious cause. When Gen. Ames became Provisional Governor of the State he appointed him as a member of the Board of Supervisors of his county, and his labors in that capacity gave satisfaction to all parties. At the first election after the reconstruction acts he was elected to the Legislature, re-elected in 1871, and is now serving at a fourth session. He is looked upon as one of the strictly honest members of the House around whose skirts not a particle of corruption ever hangs. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1869, and now has charge of several churches.
In appearance he exhibits a good degree of Indian blood, wears long, black hair slightly waved, has nose enough for two men, rather thin face, but on the whole a prepossessing looking man.