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Gambler and Politician William Thomas Scott Was African American Presidential Candidate in 1904

WILLIAM THOMAS SCOTT was an entrepreneur and political activist from East Saint Louis and Cairo, Illinois, who in 1904 briefly became the first African American nominated by a national party for… 994 more words


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The University of Wisconsin Press Blog has has a brief article about its new book from historian Bruce L. Mouser titled A Black Gambler's World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917. Mouser's book examines the colorful and larger than life figure, William Thomas Scott. Scott was a gambler, real estate magnate, illegal booze proprietor, whore house owner, publisher and editor of the Cairo Gazette, and one of the first African American presidential candidates. Mouser's book promises to be a intriguing look at a prominent, but largely forgotten figure of the late 19th and early 20th African American community.

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