Lawyer and politician, William T. Francis
Lawyer and politician, William T. Francis November 28
*On his date we mark the birth of William T. Francis in 1869. He was an African-American politician and lawyer.
Francis was from the state of Indiana coming to Minnesota at an early age. After completing his education, he served in the legal department of Northern Pacific Railroad. Francis opened his own law firm prior to World War II in St. Paul. In 1920, he was president elector at the Republican State Convention. Francis and his wife were instrumental in getting an anti-lynching law passed in the Minnesota State Senate in the 1920s.
His deep concern about the fate of his people is summed up in these words: The solution of the whole problem is simple justice; a recognition of the fact that the rights of the humblest citizen are as worthy of protection as those of the highest. In 1927, he was appointed U. S. Minister to Liberia, Africa by President Calvin Coolidge. William Francis died there two years later of Yellow Fever.Letter by Dorit Lorenz-Heinrich
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