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By Bruce L. Mouser,Henry Louis Gates

William Thomas Scott (1839–1917) was once an entrepreneur and political activist from East Saint Louis and Cairo, Illinois, who in 1904 in brief grew to become the 1st African American nominated by means of a countrywide celebration for president of the us sooner than his scandalous previous pressured him to step apart. A loose guy earlier than the Civil struggle, Scott was once a charismatic hustler who outfitted his fortune via either vice trades and felony 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 regularly rebelled opposed to political bosses who didn't convey, whether or not they have been white, black, Republican, or Democrat.

Scott helped construct the nationwide Negro Liberty occasion to ahead fiscal, political, and criminal rights for his race. however the hustling that had introduced him company luck proved his undoing as a countrywide political determine. He used to be the NNLP's preliminary presidential nominee, purely to get replaced via a better-educated and extra socially applicable candidate, George Edwin Taylor.

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