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
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.