Prominent African American men who experienced success during this era served as politicians and school officials. Members of Congress included Henry P. Cheatham (1889-1893) and James E. O'Hara (1883-1887) both served in the United States House of Representatives. Two diplomats, James H. Harris and Dr. L. L. Smith both performed duties as Minister to Liberia. Dr. Dudley was President of A.T.&T. College at Greensboro.