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 turned the 1st African American nominated by means of a countrywide get together for president of the us prior to his scandalous prior pressured him to step apart. A loose guy earlier than the Civil conflict, Scott was once a charismatic hustler who equipped his fortune via either vice trades and criminal companies together with motels, saloons, and actual 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 did not bring, whether or not they have been white, black, Republican, or Democrat.

Scott helped construct the nationwide Negro Liberty get together to ahead financial, 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 was once the NNLP's preliminary presidential nominee, merely to get replaced by means of a better-educated and extra socially applicable candidate, George Edwin Taylor.

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