BH365 Moment In History
George Washington Williams
Minister, Historian, Politician, and Civil War Veteran
GEORGE WASHINGTON WILLIAMS was an accomplished African American intellectual, minister, historian, journalist, lawyer, politician, freelance diplomat, and Civil War veteran. Williams was born in Pennsylvania in 1849 and died in England in 1891.
Williams joined the Union army during the Civil War at age 14, after lying about his age. After receiving a medical discharge from the army in 1868, Williams, who was barely literate, enrolled in the Newton Theological Institution in Massachusetts. He went on to be a prolific preacher and politician in Ohio, among his many other notable professional achievements.
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In 1885, Williams wrote a two volume book entitled, “A History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880”. The book was not wildly acclaimed or reviewed at the time.
In 1890 George wrote “An Open Letter to Leopold II, King of the Belgians and Sovereign of the Independent State of Congo By Colonel, The Honorable Geo. W. Williams, of the United States of America.” Leopold was an evil man. See more and read this actual letter here: http://www.blackpast.org/george-washington-williams-open...
Photo of GWW taken 1889.
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