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By Bruce L. Mouser,Henry Louis Gates

William Thomas Scott (1839–1917) used to be an entrepreneur and political activist from East Saint Louis and Cairo, Illinois, who in 1904 in short grew to become the 1st African American nominated through a countrywide social gathering for president of the us prior to his scandalous prior compelled him to step apart. A loose guy ahead of the Civil warfare, Scott was once a charismatic hustler who equipped his fortune via either vice trades and criminal companies together with lodges, saloons, and genuine property. writer and editor of the Cairo Gazette and an outspoken suggest for equivalent rights, he believed in political patronage and often rebelled opposed to political bosses who didn't carry, whether or not they have been white, black, Republican, or Democrat.

Scott helped construct the nationwide Negro Liberty celebration to ahead monetary, political, and felony rights for his race. however the hustling that had introduced him company good fortune proved his undoing as a countrywide political determine. He used to be the NNLP's preliminary presidential nominee, simply to get replaced by way of a better-educated and extra socially applicable candidate, George Edwin Taylor.

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