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date: 09 April 2020

Rayner, John Baptislocked

(13 November 1850–14 July 1918)
  • Gregg Cantrell


Rayner, John Baptis (13 November 1850–14 July 1918), politician and educator, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Kenneth Rayner, a planter, and Mary Ricks, a slave. His father had a long public career as a Whig congressman, Know Nothing party leader, and, after the Civil War, a Republican federal officeholder. The elder Rayner acknowledged that John was his son and helped him secure a college education at Raleigh Theological Institute (today Shaw University) and St. Augustine’s Normal and Collegiate Institute....

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