Booker Taliaferro Washington (1858 - 1915)

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Death: Died
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About Booker Taliaferro Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington (5 April 1858 – 14 November 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, advisor to Republican presidents, and black political leader. He was the dominant figure in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. A representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery, he spoke on behalf of the large majority of blacks who lived in the South but had lost their ability to vote through disfranchisement by southern legislatures. While his opponents called his powerful network of supporters the "Tuskegee Machine," Washington maintained power because of his ability to gain support of numerous groups: influential whites; the black business, educational and religious communities nationwide; financial donations from philanthropists, and his accommodation to the political realities of the age of Jim Crow segregation.


  • In 1940 Booker T. Washington became the first African American to be portrayed on a stamp; another stamp was issued in his honor in 1956


  • Alternate date of birth: 5 April 1859


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Booker T. Washington's Timeline

April 5, 1858
November 14, 1915
Age 57