Rayner, John Baptis
- 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....