De Priest, Oscar Stanton

De Priest, Oscar Stanton

(1871–1951) U.S. representative; born in Florence, Ala. Son of freed slaves, he moved north as a boy after a neighbor was lynched. Working as a painter in Chicago at age 17, he had his own decorating firm by 1905. A Republican realtor, he became the first African-American member of the city council (1915–17), resigning because of alleged mob connections. A shrewd politician, he fought against Jim Crow laws in the U.S. House of Representatives (1929–35), returning to Chicago politics and real estate afterward.
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8) United States House of representatives, History, Art & ARCHIVES, De Priest, Oscar Stanton, http://history.