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.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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