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African ancestry Politicians in North Carolina

  Alma Shealey Adams (b. 1946) — also known as Alma Adams; Alma Shealey — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in High Point, Guilford County, N.C., May 27, 1946. Democrat. Artist; college professor; member of North Carolina state house of representatives 58th District, 1994-2014; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 12th District, 2014-. Female. African ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Orison Rudolph Aggrey (1926-2016) — also known as O. Rudolph Aggrey — of Washington, D.C. Born in Salisbury, Rowan County, N.C., July 24, 1926. Newspaper reporter; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Lagos, 1951-53; U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, 1973-77; Gambia, 1973-77; Romania, 1977-81. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; Sigma Delta Chi. Died April 6, 2016 (age 89 years, 257 days). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey (1878-1927) and Rose Rudolph (Douglass) Aggrey; married, November 5, 1966, to Francoise Christiane Fratacci (1934-2016).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Hannah Diggs Atkins (b. 1923) — of Oklahoma. Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., November 2, 1923. Reporter; school teacher; librarian; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1969-80; secretary of state of Oklahoma, 1987-91. Female. African ancestry. Still living as of 1999.
  Relatives: Daughter of James Thackeray Diggs and Mabel Kennedy Diggs; married to Charles N. Atkins.
  Thurbert E. Baker (b. 1952) — of Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga.; Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga.; Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Rocky Mount, Nash County, N.C., December 16, 1952. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Georgia, 1992; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996, 2000, 2004; Georgia state attorney general, 1997-2010; appointed 1997; candidate in primary for Governor of Georgia, 2010. African ancestry. Still living as of 2010.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Frank W. Ballance Jr. (b. 1942) — of Warrenton, Warren County, N.C. Born in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., February 15, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; librarian; college professor; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1982-85; member of North Carolina state senate, 1989-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 2003-04; resigned 2004; indicted in federal court in September 2004 on federal money laundering charges for diverting state funds through a charitable foundation; pleaded guilty to one count, sentenced to four years in prison, fined $10,000, ordered to pay restitution, and disbarred. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  James A. Beaty Jr. (b. 1949) — of North Carolina. Born in Whitmire, Newberry County, S.C., June 28, 1949. Lawyer; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1981-94; U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1994-. African ancestry. Still living as of 2000.
  William V. Bell (b. 1941) — also known as Bill Bell — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in 1941. Democrat. Electrical engineer; mayor of Durham, N.C., 2001-17; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008. African ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Loretta Copeland Biggs (b. 1954) — Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., 1954. U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2014-. Female. African ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also federal judicial profile — Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  Cary Dow Blue (1895-1969) — also known as Cary D. Blue — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Jackson Springs, Moore County, N.C., May 3, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Presidential Elector for New York, 1952; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960. African ancestry. Died May 31, 1969 (age 74 years, 28 days). Interment at Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  A. R. Bridger — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Edgecombe County, 1883-84. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Willis Bunn — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Edgecombe County, 1870-78. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Walter Moses Burton (c.1829-1913) — also known as Walter M. Burton — of Fort Bend County, Tex. Born in slavery in North Carolina, about 1829. Fort Bend County Sheriff, 1869-73; member of Texas state senate, 1874-75, 1876-82. African ancestry. Died in 1913 (age about 84 years). Interment at Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Tex.
  George Kenneth Butterfield Jr. (b. 1947) — also known as G. K. Butterfield — Born in Wilson, Wilson County, N.C., April 27, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1988-2001; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 2001-02; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 2004-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008. Baptist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Bill Campbell (b. 1953) — of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga. Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., May 25, 1953. Democrat. Mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 1994-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Ralph Campbell Jr. (b. 1946) — of Raleigh, Wake County, N.C. Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., December 7, 1946. Democrat. North Carolina state auditor, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000, 2004. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Omega Psi Phi; Freemasons. Still living as of 2004.
Henry P. Cheatham Henry Plummer Cheatham (1857-1935) — also known as Henry P. Cheatham — of North Carolina. Born near Henderson, Granville County (now Vance County), N.C., December 27, 1857. Republican. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1889-93; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904. African ancestry. Died in Oxford, Granville County, N.C., November 29, 1935 (age 77 years, 337 days). Interment at Harrisburg Cemetery, Oxford, N.C.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: New York Public Library
  Henry C. Cherry — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Edgecombe County, 1868-69. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Eva McPherson Clayton (b. 1934) — also known as Eva M. Clayton — of North Carolina. Born in Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., September 16, 1934. Democrat. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 1992-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000. Female. Presbyterian. African ancestry. Member, NAACP. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Howard Clement — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1988. African ancestry. Still living as of 1988.
  William Maurice Cowan (b. 1969) — also known as Mo Cowan — Born in Yadkinville, Yadkin County, N.C., April 4, 1969. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 2013. African ancestry. Still living as of 2013.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  A. A. Crawford — of Granville County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Granville County, 1868-69. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  W. H. Crews — of Granville County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Granville County, 1874-78, 1893-94. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  James L. Curtis (1870-1917) — Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., July 8, 1870. Lawyer; U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1915-17; U.S. Consul General in Monrovia, as of 1916-17. African ancestry. Died October 24, 1917 (age 47 years, 108 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1906 to Helen M. Lawrence.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Bird B. Davis (born c.1827) — of Wharton County, Tex. Born in slavery in North Carolina, about 1827. Delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1875. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Charles M. Diggs (1899-1959) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., September 13, 1899. Democrat. Minister; grocer; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 3rd District, 1948, 1950; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 9th District, 1955-58; defeated in primary, 1952 (Wayne County 1st District), 1958 (Wayne County 9th District). African ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in 1959 (age about 59 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Hawkins.
  Stewart Ellison — of North Carolina. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1880. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Henry Eppes — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state senate 7th District, 1872-74. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Joe L. Farmer (born c.1938) — of Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Wilson, Wilson County, N.C., about 1938. Democrat. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; candidate for mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., 2003. African ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Thomas Oscar Fuller Sr. (1867-1942) — also known as Thomas O. Fuller, Sr. — of Wilmington, New Hanover County, N.C.; Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born in Franklinton, Franklin County, N.C., October 25, 1867. Minister; member of North Carolina state senate; elected 1898; historian. African ancestry. Member, NAACP. Died in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., June 21, 1942 (age 74 years, 239 days). Interment at New Park Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of J. Henderson Fuller and Mary Eliza Fuller.
  T.O. Fuller State Park, in Memphis, Tennessee, is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harvey B. Gantt (b. 1943) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., 1943. Democrat. First Black student at Clemson University in South Carolina; graduated with honors in 1965; architect; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1983-87; candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1990, 1996; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996. African ancestry. Still living as of 1996.
  Woodrow Wilson Goode (b. 1938) — also known as W. Wilson Goode — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born near Seaboard, Northampton County, N.C., August 19, 1938. Democrat. Mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1984-92; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1984 (delegation chair). Baptist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Presumably named for: Woodrow Wilson
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by W. Wilson Goode: In Goode Faith (1992)
  Robert R. Gray — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state senate 5th District, 1883-84. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
John P. Green John Patterson Green (1845-1940) — also known as John P. Green — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in New Bern, Craven County, N.C., April 2, 1845. Lawyer; justice of the peace; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1882-84; member of Ohio state senate, 1890-92, 1892-94. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Died in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, September 1, 1940 (age 95 years, 152 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of John R. Green and Temperance Green; married 1869 to Annie Walker; married 1912 to Lottie (Mitchell) Richardson.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Image source: New York Public Library
  James H. Harris (d. 1898) — of North Carolina. Born in St. Mary's County, Md. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; received the Medal of Honor in 1874 for action at New Market Heights, Virginia, September 29, 1864; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1868, 1880, 1884, 1888. African ancestry. Died January 28, 1898. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  James Sidney Hinton (1834-1892) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born near Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., December 25, 1834. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1872; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1881. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. First Black member of the Indiana legislature. Died of a heart attack while making a speech, in Brazil, Clay County, Ind., November 6, 1892 (age 57 years, 317 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Moses Aaron Hopkins (1846-1886) — also known as Moses A. Hopkins — of North Carolina. Born December 25, 1846. U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1885-86, died in office 1886. African ancestry. Died in Liberia, August 3, 1886 (age 39 years, 221 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Hanson T. Hughes — of Granville County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Granville County, 1872-75; member of North Carolina state senate 21st District, 1876-78. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  John Adams Hyman (1840-1891) — of North Carolina. Born in Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., July 23, 1840. Republican. Delegate to North Carolina state constitutional convention, 1868; member of North Carolina state senate, 1869-75; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1875-77. African ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., September 14, 1891 (age 51 years, 53 days). Original interment at Columbian Harmony Cemetery (which no longer exists), Washington, D.C.; reinterment in 1959 at National Harmony Memorial Park, Landover, Md.
  Presumably named for: John Adams
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Chester Luther Jenkins (c.1938-2009) — also known as Chester L. Jenkins — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born about 1938. Mayor of Durham, N.C., 1989-91. African ancestry. Died July 14, 2009 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  R. M. Johnson — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Edgecombe County, 1870-72. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Leroy B. Kellam (c.1919-1995) — of New York. Born in Pinnacle, Stokes County, N.C., about 1919. Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1982-88. African ancestry. Died, of complications of leukemia, in North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., March 7, 1995 (age about 76 years). Burial location unknown.
  Gerald A. Lamb (b. 1924) — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, N.C., August 25, 1924. Democrat. Connecticut state treasurer, 1963-70; resigned 1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968. African ancestry. Member, Elks; NAACP. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Clarence Everett Lightner (1921-2002) — also known as Clarence E. Lightner — of Raleigh, Wake County, N.C. Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., August 15, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; funeral director; mayor of Raleigh, N.C., 1973-75; member of North Carolina state senate, 1977-78; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000. Presbyterian. African ancestry. Member, Omega Psi Phi. Died in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., July 8, 2002 (age 80 years, 327 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Calvin E. Lightner and Mammie (Blackmon) Lightner; married 1946 to Marguerite Massey.
  The Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center (proposed in 2003, ultimately not built), in Raleigh, North Carolina, was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  W. P. Mabson — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state senate 5th District, 1874-78. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Algenon L. Marbley (b. 1954) — Born in Morehead City, Carteret County, N.C., 1954. U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, 1997-. African ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also federal judicial profile — Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  Cuffie Mayo — of Granville County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Granville County, 1868-69. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Henry M. Michaux Jr. (b. 1930) — of Durham County, N.C. Born in Durham, Durham County, N.C., September 4, 1930. Lawyer; insurance and real estate business; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1973-77, 1985-; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1977-81. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association. Still living as of 2005.
  Relatives: Son of Henry McKinley Michaux, Sr. and Isadore (Coates) Michaux.
  John Howard Morrow (1910-2000) — of Durham, Durham County, N.C.; New Brunswick, Middlesex County, N.J.; Fountain Valley, Orange County, Calif. Born in Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J., 1910. U.S. Ambassador to Guinea, 1959-61. African ancestry. Died, of Alzheimer's disease, in Fountain Valley, Orange County, Calif., January 11, 2000 (age about 89 years). Interment at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Calif.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  James Edward O'Hara (1844-1905) — of North Carolina. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 26, 1844. Republican. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1868-69; delegate to North Carolina state constitutional convention, 1875; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1883-87; defeated, 1886; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1884. African ancestry. Died of a stroke, September 15, 1905 (age 61 years, 201 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, New Bern, N.C.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Chandler Owen Chandler Owen (1889-1967) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., April 5, 1889. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Socialist candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 21st District, 1920; newspaper managing editor; public relations business; speechwriter; candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1934. African ancestry. Died, from kidney disease, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 2, 1967 (age 78 years, 211 days). Interment at Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Aaron A. Owen (1857-1897) and Mary (Bonner) Owen.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Public Library
  George W. Price Jr. — of North Carolina. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1880. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Edward Rawles — also known as Ned Rawles — of North Carolina. Born in Garysburg, Northampton County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1884, 1897. African ancestry. One of the first Black members of the North Carolina legislature. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Matt Whitaker Ransom (1826-1904).
  Political family: Hawkins-Green-Macon family of Warrenton, North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  W. H. Reavis — of Granville County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Granville County, 1870-72. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
Hiram Rhodes Revels Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827-1901) — of Natchez, Adams County, Miss. Born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., September 27, 1827. Republican. Minister; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Mississippi state senate, 1870; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71; secretary of state of Mississippi, 1873. African Methodist Episcopal. African and Lumbee Indian ancestry. First Black member of the U.S. Senate. Died, from a stroke, while attending a church conference, in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., January 16, 1901 (age 73 years, 111 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Elijah Revels; married to Phoebe Bass (1833-1901).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  Edward James Sawyer (1854-1929) — also known as E. J. Sawyer — of Bennettsville, Marlboro County, S.C. Born in North Carolina, October, 1854. Republican. School teacher; grocer; postmaster at Bennettsville, S.C., 1883-85, 1892-93; candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1896; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1912, 1920, 1928. African ancestry. Died in Bennettsville, Marlboro County, S.C., 1929 (age about 74 years). Interment at Ideal Cemetery, Marlboro County, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Edward James Sawyer, Sr. and Charlotte (Hall) Sawyer; married to Ella Georgiana David (1863-1933).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ezekiel Ezra Smith (1852-1933) — Born in Faison, Duplin County, N.C., May 23, 1852. U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1888-90. African ancestry. Died December 6, 1933 (age 81 years, 197 days). Interment at Brookside Cemetery, Fayetteville, N.C.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Owen Lun West Smith (1851-1926) — also known as Owen L. W. Smith — of Wilson, Wilson County, N.C. Born in slavery at Giddinsville, Sampson County, N.C., 1851. U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1898-1902. African ancestry. Died January 5, 1926 (age about 74 years). Interment at Masonic Cemetery, Wilson, N.C.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  John Henry Smyth (1844-1908) — also known as John H. Smyth — Born in 1844. U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1878-81, 1882-85. African ancestry. Died in 1908 (age about 64 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  R. S. Taylor — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state senate 5th District, 1885-88. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  B. W. Thorpe — of Edgecombe County, N.C. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Edgecombe County, 1885-86. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Edolphus Towns (b. 1934) — also known as Ed Towns — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Chadbourn, Columbus County, N.C., July 21, 1934. Democrat. U.S. Representative from New York, 1983-2003 (11th District 1983-93, 10th District 1993-2003); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Presbyterian or Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis; Phi Beta Sigma. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: Nydia M. Velázquez
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Benjamin Sterling Turner (1825-1894) — also known as Ben Turner — of Alabama. Born in slavery near Weldon, Halifax County, N.C., March 17, 1825. Republican. U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1871-73; defeated, 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1880. African ancestry. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., March 21, 1894 (age 69 years, 4 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Lee Vann (1879-1940) — also known as Robert L. Vann — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa.; Oakmont, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Ahoskie, Hertford County, N.C., August 27, 1879. Lawyer; newspaper editor and publisher; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936. African ancestry. Died, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., October 24, 1940 (age 61 years, 58 days). Entombed at Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Lucy Peoples; married 1910 to Jessie Matthews.
  The Robert L. Vann Elementary School (built 1914 as Watt School; name changed to Vann 1941; closed and sold 2011; now St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was named for him.
  Melvin L. Watt (b. 1945) — also known as Mel Watt — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Steele Creek, Mecklenburg County, N.C., August 26, 1945. Democrat. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state senate, 1985-87; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 12th District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Presbyterian. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  George Henry White (1852-1918) — also known as George H. White — of Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Rosindale, Bladen County, N.C., December 18, 1852. Republican. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1881; member of North Carolina state senate, 1885; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1896 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business); U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1897-1901; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916. African ancestry. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 28, 1918 (age 66 years, 10 days). Interment at Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John T. Williams — Physician; U.S. Consul in Sierra Leone, 1898-1906. African ancestry. Interment at Pinewood Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
  J. B. Williamson — of North Carolina. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1888. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  John H. Williamson — of Franklin County, N.C. Republican. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Franklin County, 1868-73, 1876-78, 1887-88; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1884. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
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