History of the American Negro
West Virginia Edition
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: West Virginia University Press
Series: West Virginia Classics
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Ninety years ago, editor and publisher A. B. Caldwell published the History of the American Negro: West Virginia Edition, Volume VII. Appearing on the heels of the Great Migration of African Americans out of the rural South and into the nation’s major urban industrial centers, ...
This collection of biographies of prominent Negro men and women of West Virginia is Volume VII of the Biographical History of the American Negro. It does not include all the important men and women of the race in the state, but it does include many of the noblest and best. ...
Harry J. Capehart
No state in the Union has to its credit more constructive and progressive legislation relating to racial matters than has West Virginia. Of course, no one man is responsible for this, and yet it may be truthfully said that foremost in the group which has made these things possible stands Harry Jheopart Capehart, a successful lawyer and business man of Keystone. ...
Arthur S. Adams
Dr. Adams is a native of Tazewell County, Virginia, where he was born on September 10, 1881. His father, John Adams, is a blacksmith and is the son of Eliza Adams. The mother of our subject, before her marriage, was Miss Rosa Matney, daughter of Alf and Amanda Matney. ...
Charles B. Anderson
Dr. Charles Burton Anderson, who is a successful physician of Mt. Hope, W. Va., was born in Louisa County, Va., April 26, 1871. His parents were William H. Anderson and Fannie Yancey Anderson. His paternal grandparents were Reuben Garrett, a blacksmith, and his wife, Lucy Garrett. ...
Jared Maurice Arter
Rev. Jared Maurice Arter, Ph.D., D. D., now (1921) pastor of the Curtis Free Baptist Church of Harper’s Ferry was born in Jefferson County, W. Va., on January 27, 1850. So it will be seen that he was a boy eleven years of age at the outbreak of the war and a youth of fifteen at the close of the great struggle. ...
Andrew Minor Baker
He came to the state from the Old Dominion having been born at the historic old town of Louisa Court House on May 7, 1860, one year before the outbreak of the war which was to surge and eddy about his old home and finally bring freedom to him and to his people in America. His father Stephen Baker died during the war. ...
Samuel J. Bampfield
Dr. Samuel Jones Bampfield, the only colored physician at the prosperous mining town of Omar in Logan County, W. Va., is a native of the historic old city of Charleston, S. C. He was born on April 1, 1876, son of John G. and Margaret (Jackson) Bampfield. The father is a farmer, the son of Joseph Bampfield Jr., and his wife Judith (Robinson) Bampfield. ...
George A. Banks
The average young man confronted with the necessity of making his own way in school, and of supporting himself through a professional course hesitates and then takes what he considers the next best thing. The exceptional man does not whine about his lack of opportunity, but with patience and courage toils away during the formative years of life, ...
C. C. Barnett
Though most of his life has been spent in West Virginia, Dr. Constantine Clinton Barnett of Huntington is a native of Virginia, having been born in Buckingham County on November 30, 1869. Dr. Barnett’s father, Rev. Nelson Barnett was a Baptist preacher and was the son of Berryman and Eliza Barnett. ...
Edward A. Bolling
In the fine old town of Lewisburg, the county seat of Greenbrier County, is a faithful, efficient teacher, who for nearly forty years has been at the head of the school there. He has had the enduring satisfaction which never comes to the peripatetic teacher, the satisfaction of seeing his pupils grow up to be useful men and women ...
Charles Wesley Boyd
Prof. Charles Wesley Boyd, Supervisor of Colored Schools of Charleston, is well known through the service he has rendered in both educational and religious fields. In both realms his work has been constructive and progressive. He is a native of Kentucky, having been born at Mt. Sterling, Ky., on August 19, 1865, and was the oldest of a large family of children. ...
James H. Boulware
Hardly another county in the South, in proportion to population, has sent out more colored men of distinction than Fairfield County, S. C., of which the historic old town of Winnsboro is the county seat. This is perhaps to be accounted for by the character of the teachers who gave tone and direction to the education of the Negro after the war ...
William V. Bridgeford
Each state volume of this work tells the story of a number of North Carolina men whose success in their adopted states along the line of their chosen work is worthy of attention. Among these must be mentioned Dr. William Vernal Bridgeford, who runs the only colored drug store at the enterprising town of Keystone, W. Va. ...
Joseph E. Brown
In the business and professional life of West Virginia one finds the representatives of various states. Dr. Joseph Edward Brown of Keystone, comes to the state from New Jersey, being a native of Rahway, N. J., where he was born on February 7, 1888. His father, the late Ernest L. Brown was a successful caterer. ...
Isaac Vinton Bryant
The finest thing in literature, theological or otherwise, on the evidence of Christianity, is the testimony of the man who was born blind: “Whereas I was blind, now I see.” That was the principal thing, and that was enough. God, through Jesus Christ, had dealt with him. ...
Jonathan S. Butts
In proportion to population, one finds more colored lawyers in West Virginia than in the states of the South. It is gratifying to note that most of them are well equipped and are meeting with success. ...
Emory Rankin Carter
Among the capable and successful men of the colored Bar of West Virginia must be mentioned Emory Rankin Carter of Charleston, who has been identified with the Capital City for more than twenty years. Mr. Carter is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born in Lancaster County, in the eastern part of the state, on September 24, 1874. ...
James D. Coleman
Rev. James Dunlap Coleman, minister and educator of Bluefield, W. Va., is a native of the Old Dominion. He was born in Halifax County, Va., on April 24, 1863, right in the midst of the titanic struggle, which, with the surrender of Gen. Lee two years later, brought to the boy and to his race freedom from slavery and a measure of opportunity. ...
Walter Lee Colson
Year after year the Old North State has sent forth her sons to enrich the business and professional life of other States, till now they are to be found in every state in the Union. West Virginia is no exception, and some of her most successful men of both races are natives of North Carolina. ...
Austin Wingate Curtis
The old rule-of-thumb farming, which was marked by drudgery and waste, is giving way to the new agriculture in which intelligence and efficiency count just as they do in other lines of business. In other words, farming is gradually becoming scientific. ...
James William Drew
The old state of Virginia, in addition to manning her own religious and educational institutions, has contributed many men of real worth to the leadership of adjacent, and even of distant states. Among the efficient young men send out from the Old Dominion in recent years, must be mentioned Prof. James William Drew, ...
James Monroe Ellis
Every profession of both races in West Virginia has drawn heavily on the Old Dominion, and both States can point with pride to these sons of Virginia. One of them, James Monroe Ellis, is the only lawyer of his race at the pretty little town of Oak Hill in Fayette County. ...
Matthew L. Fairfax
The sturdy character of the men of the hills has frequently been remarked. The mountain counties of Virginia are no exception for they have sent out men of both races, who have been able even in the face of difficulties to strive and to endure. Every profession has felt the impact of their personalities. ...
Daniel L. Ferguson Jr.
No story of the educational life of West Virginia would be quite complete without some record of that brilliant and successful young man at West Virginia Collegiate Institute, Institute, W. Va. Although he has been identified with West Virginia most of his life, he is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born at the historic old town of Salem, Va., on April 7, 1891. ...
Henry Ford Gamble
The best American stories are not the inventions of the writers of romance. Rather they are the unadorned records of enterprising American boys struggling up from poverty and obscurity to places of large usefulness and splendid service in their chosen lines of work. No race nor section has any monopoly here in the realm of struggling, aspiring youth. ...
Alfred E. Goodwyn
Mr. Alfred Earnest Goodwyn, of Bluefield, is well known as a business man and as a leader in the Masonic order. In his struggle up from poverty and obscurity to a position of† success and large usefulness, Mr. Goodwyn has not always had an easy time. In fact, the way has been beset with many difficulties, and at times, with a plenty of fighting along the way. ...
Joseph M. Grandison
Dr. Joseph Meredith Grandison, of Lester, W. Va., is a native of the state, having been born at the little mining town of Quinnimont, on the C. & O. R. R. The date of his birth was January 23, 1881. So it will be seen that he is just turning into his forties (he looks younger), but he has built a practice of which a man of sixty might well be proud. ...
Joseph Gay Grant
The historic old city of Richmond, Va., has sent out to the rest of Virginia and to other states many religious leaders of both races. One of the strong men of the M. E. Connection now (1922) doing splendid work in West Virginia is Rev. Joseph Gay Grand, of Ronceverte, and he is a native of Richmond. ...
John Lewis Griffith
Rev. John Lewis Griffith now (1922) stationed at Williamson, W. Va., is one of the Fathers in Israel in the A. M. E. Connection. Though he has already passed the allotted three score and ten, he is still active, and still has his face to the front. He has been a member of the church for nearly sixty years and has been preaching the Gospel for a generation. ...
Henry Clay Hargrove
Dr. Henry Clay Hargrove, one of the leading of the younger professional men of the race in the prosperous little mountain city of Beckley, the county seat of Raleigh County, W. Va., is a native of Virginia. He was born in the county of Nelson on July 3, 1882. His father, Caleb Hargrove, was a farmer, and his mother’s name was Betty Hargrove. ...
Cornelius N. Harris
It is a fine thing to see a man who is bent on evil, turn from his vicious habits, abandon his wicked companions and himself go forth to tell how great things God has done for him. It is a finer thing to see a boy who is brought up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” give his heart to God at a tender age, ...
Roscoe C. Harrison
Dr. Roscoe Conkling Harrison, one of its most prominent and successful physicians of southern West Virginia, is a native of Raleigh, where he was born on February 19, 1880. His parents were Willis Ralph Harrison, a teacher and newspaper reporter, and Emma (Mayo) Harrison. ...
He was born in what is now Jefferson County, W. Va., just before the outbreak of the war between the States, so he has witnessed the whole period of the freedom of his people in America, and has himself been a factor in their progress. ...
Curtis Thomas Hayden
Someone who has made a careful study of such things has noted the large percentage of the successful American business and professional men who began life in an humble way, many of them on the farm. These enterprising energetic men who refuse to remain poor and to be forever obscure are to be found in every section of the country and among both races ...
James E. Hereford
Dr. James Esmond Hereford, the only colored physician at North Fork, W. Va., (1922), came originally from Virginia, having been born in Henry County, on the farm, in September 4, 1881. Like so many of the successful men of America he was reared on the farm, and has been a hard worker all his life. ...
Isaac Rucker Hill
The Rev. Isaac Rucker Hill, now (1922) stationed at Princeton, the beautiful county seat of Mercer County, W. Va., is one of the substantial and successful men of the M. E. Connection in the state. He goes back in his origin to Georgia, having been born in Elbert County, Ga., on June 18, 1857. ...
James Levi Hill
Few states, in proportion to population, have contributed to other states more men who have become successful in their chosen lines of work than the Old North State. Prof. James Levi Hill, principal of the colored schools of Bluefield, is one of these. He was born at the old town of Reidsville, N. C., near the Virginia border, on February 20, 1881. ...
Reuben W. Hill
Rev. Reuben Washington Hill, D.D., now (1921) pastor of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Princeton, W. Va., was born in Madison County, Va., on December 26, 1871, so it will be seen that he is just fifty years of age. During these years he has been a hard worker. His father, William Hill, was a farmer and the boy grew up on the farm. ...
Tyler Edward Hill
Theory and agitation have their place, but theory and agitation without a constructive program are fruitless. There is a group of colored men in West Virginia who understand this and who, by their practical planning and organizing, have secured results which the leaders of the race in every state would do well to study. ...
Charles E. Hodges
While ever intelligence and character count for more than material things, educational and religious leaders will be more important than mere traders, for they deal with matters of eternal worth. The work of the preacher can never be measured in dollars and cents; his standard is the sign of the cross, and not the dollar sign. ...
William A. Holley
Dr. William Alexander Holley of Bramwell, W. Va., is the pioneer colored physician in his part of the state. Like so many of the other professional men of the race in West Virginia, he came to the state from the Old Dominion, having been born at Wytheville, Va., on July 6, 1863, ...
Among the successful Baptist pastors whom Virginia has contributed to West Virginia must be mentioned Rev. Edward Howard, of Omar, who, in addition to his work as a pastor, is moderator of the Guyan Valley Baptist Association. Mr. Howard was born in Nelson County, Va., March 15, 1881, and was reared on the Nelson County farm. ...
Robert James Howard
Whoever has made a study of the distribution of population since Emancipation, has found a goodly number of the successful professional men of the race in adjacent and even in distant States are natives of North Carolina. In West Virginia, among the dentists and doctors, North Carolinians, or Tar Heels, ...
David Carter Hunter
In his life and work Rev. David Carter Hunter, of Sylvia, W. Va., sets forth the meaning of one generation of the freedom of the race from slavery, for he was born right in the midst of the terrible struggle, the main issue of which was the freeing of the Negro from slavery. The date of his birth was July 5, 1864, and the place, Forest Depot, Bedford County, Va. ...
James Arthur Jackson
Among the brilliant and successful young men of the race in the state of West Virginia must be mentioned James Arthur Jackson, State Law Librarian at Charleston. Mr. Jackson, though still a young man, has been in and about the Supreme Court of West Virginia for more than twenty years. ...
Just as the great Civil War was breaking in all its fury on the country, Rev. William Jackson, who was later to take his place as a religious leader among his people, was born. The place of his birth was Hale’s Ford, Franklin County, Va., and the date was April 4, 1861. ...
John R. Jefferson
For much of the progress made by the colored people in the last fifty years, we are largely indebted to those faithful men and women who have devoted themselves to educational work, for after all has been done and said, progress is largely a matter of education. Among those who have became prominent in the educational life ...
William E. Jefferson
Rev. William Edward Jefferson, now (1921) stationed at the Logan Memorial M. E. Church at Parkersburg, is a native of Virginia, having been born in the beautiful and historic valley town of Winchester. The date of his birth was May 5, 1875. His parents were John and Emily (Robinson) Jefferson. ...
Edward T. Johnson
Rev. Edward Thomas Johnson, a Baptist preacher and an educator, is an energetic purposeful man whose work speaks for itself. He is a native of Blackstone, Va., where he was born on August 19, 1873. His father, the late Rev. C. C. Johnson, was for many years the leading Baptist minister in that part of Virginia, and had a remarkable following. ...
Langdon E. Johnson
Mr. Langdon Elwood Johnson, who is prominent in secret order and church work, and also stands high as a business man, resides at Keystone, where he is proprietor of the White Oak Shoe Shop Company. Mr. Johnson is a native of Syracuse, Ohio, where he was born on November 24, 1872. ...
Richard P. Johnson
The Rev. Richard Patterson Johnson, A.B., S.T.B., D.D., of Kimball is a pioneer in the work of the Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. Dr. Johnson is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born and reared at Jetersville, Va. The date of his birth was September 14, 1874. ...
Robert Louis Jones
Dr. Robert Louis Jones, though still a young man, was one of the pioneer colored physicians of the capital city of West Virginia. He is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born at Lynchburg on June 17, 1875. His parents were Carter and Susan H. Jones. ...
Harry E. Kingslow
The stories of the young men of limited means and opportunity who have by dint of hard work, courage and economy, struggled up from obscurity to places of large usefulness, constitute an asset which the race cannot afford to ignore. One of these enterprising men whose skill and work have brought him to the front in professional life is Dr. Harry Eugene Kingslow, ...
Duncan Huey Kyle
The state of Alabama has trained and sent out to adjacent states a number of men and women who have taken their places among the leaders of the race in the educational, religious and business life of the people. One of these is Prof. Duncan Huey Kyle, B.S. in Ed., Principal of the Kelly Miller High School of Clarksburg, W. Va. ...
William C. Lawrence
The writer knows thousands of individual Negroes, representing all the professions and every honorable line of work. He knows no professional or business group which averages higher in race loyalty, intelligence, business integrity and those qualities which go to make good citizens than the colored physicians. ...
Huling Henry Lewis
A generation ago, the ministry and the teaching profession claimed a large majority of those colored young men whose ambition and intelligence drove them away from the farm or from day labor. With the rising tide of intelligence and better equipment, came a widening of those professions which the colored man might enter with profit. ...
Julius Henderson Love
The colored lawyer, perhaps more strongly than the representative of any other profession, feels the pressure of white competition. Not only have his people always been accustomed to white lawyers, but he must practice in courts where all the officers, including the jury are white. ...
George N. Marshall
Many of the most successful business and professional men of both races in West Virginia were born and reared in the Old Dominion. One of these is Dr. George Nelson Marshall, a prominent physician and a surgeon of Keystone. ...
Robert D. W. Meadows
Rev. Robert Daniel Witty Meadows, who is easily the best known and at the same time best informed Baptist minister in West Virginia, with reference to the work of his denomination, resides at Huntington. Like so many of the successful professional and business men of the state, he is a native of the Old Dominion. ...
William C. Mitchell
It is the stories of men like Dr. William Cephas Mitchell, a leading dentist of Bluefield, which show that nothing can defeat the youth who makes up his mind to succeed. There may be hardships, but he makes a way to overcome them. ...
William H. Mitchell
For more than 30 years Rev. William Henry Mitchell, now (1922) pastor of the Scott Street Baptist church of the flourishing little city of Bluefield, has been identified with West Virginia, having come into the state in 1890. Like so many other successful men of both races, however, he is a native of Virginia, ...
Edward L. Morton
Work, the value of which can be reckoned in dollars and cents, does not always represent the finest type of service. Intelligence and character are the real assets of the state, and the teacher and preacher exert an influence out of proportion to their numbers and wealth as compared with other classes of citizens. ...
Charles E. McGhee
Rev. Charles Edmond McGhee is a happy combination of successful business man and preacher of the Gospel. He now (1922) resides at Huntington and is proprietor of the Mt. Vernon Hotel. He is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born in Franklin County, Va., on April 8, 1858. ...
Rusian Holmes McKoy
Few states on the eastern side of America have a more varied population than West Virginia. In the case of the colored population, much of it has come in from the South. Next after Virginia, North Carolina has perhaps the largest representation, and it is gratifying to observe that many of these have succeeded in their chosen lines of work. ...
Joseph J. Nickerson
The Rev. Joseph Jordan Nickerson, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church of Hinton, W. Va., is one of the few professional men in the state who came from Florida. He was born in Jefferson County, Fla., on July 4, 1875. His father, the late Nelson Nickerson, was a farmer and was the son of Solomon Nickerson. ...
Thomas G. Nutter
Hon. Thomas Gillis Nutter, attorney at law, legislator, and business man, belongs to that constructive type of citizenship which is the best asset of any community. The record of American business and professional life is replete with the stories of men struggling up from places of poverty and obscurity ...
Thomas Tunsel Page
Thomas Tunsel Page, of Holden, W. Va., who is prominent in secret order work and in politics, is a native of the Old Dominion. He was born at Airpoint, Roanoke County, Va., on July 16, 1877. His father, Lee Page, was a farmer and was born in slavery. He was the son of Isaac Page, and Martha Gregory. ...
Joseph E. Parson
For more than a quarter of a century Joseph Edward Parson has been one of the best known, and, so far as the criminal element is concerned, one of the most feared men in that section. He was born at Lynchburg, Va., on January 5, 1871, so it will be seen that he is now (1922) just turning into fifty. ...
Brown Wesley Payne
It is a notable fact that in every nation, as civilization advances, the legal profession attracts many of the brightest minds. A colored lawyer, who has won a place for himself at the bar of West Virginia is Brown Wesley Payne, of Beckley. Mr. Payne is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born at Buffalo Gap, in Augusta County, Virginia. ...
Charles B. Payne
In recent years the dental profession has attracted quite a number of the brightest and most energetic young men of the race. It is gratifying to be able to record that those of them who are well equipped and attentive to their work are succeeding. There is a hearty response on the part of patrons to modern, efficient service. ...
Lloyd A. Perkins
Rev. Lloyd Alexander Perkins, B.A., B.D., now (1922) pastor of the First Baptist Church of Williamson, W. Va., is a versatile energetic man who has made a place for himself in the religious life of the state. He is a Native of the Old Dominion. He was born in Louisa County, Va., son of Marshall L. Perkins, who was a farmer, a merchant and carpenter. ...
If the student of American history would know what freedom has meant to the Negro race, let him study the life of a man like Byrd Prillerman, B.S., A.M., Litt.D., President Emeritus West Virginia Collegiate Institute and Superintendent of work among the Negroes of West Virginia S. S. Association. ...
Henry Milton C. Reed
He was born in Nelson County, Va., on November 5, 1876. His father, Paul W. Reed was a railway construction foreman, and was the son of Rev. Williams Reed and his wife Amelia. They mother of our subject was, before her marriage, Miss Mary Ann Green, daughter of Jesse and Martha Green. ...
James W. Robinson
Rev. James Wesley Robinson of Clarksburg, West Virginia, one of the leading educators and Baptist preachers of the state is a native of North Carolina. He was born in Montgomery County, N. C., on September 15, 1870. His father, Anthony Robinson, was a farmer and was the son of Amanda Robinson. ...
Thomas M. Ruff
The Rev. Thomas M. Ruff, pastor of the Baptist churches at Logan and at Monitor, West Virginia, came to this state from Alabama, but back of that he had gone to Alabama from the old red hills of middle Georgia. Georgia has no reason to be ashamed of the men who represent her in West Virginia, ...
William A. Saunders
The real wealth of a race or a nation can never be told in statistics; its real wealth is in its men. In like manner the wealth of a man cannot be measured in money, his measure is to be found in those qualities which lead him to aspire, to strive, to achieve, to serve. ...
William W. Scott
In comparison with some of the other Southern states, Louisiana has sent but few of her sons into the mountains of West Virginia. Mention must be made of at least one earnest worker from that state, however, in the person of Rev. William Washington Scott, who is a progressive man and has made a place for himself in religious and educational life. ...
John W. Shellcroft
The West Indies have sent to the States a large number of capable men which are a credit to the land of their nativity as well as to the land of their adoption. One of these is John Wesley Shellcroft, M.D., M.E. He was born at St. Johns, Island of Antigua, B. W. I., on March 11, 1873. ...
Robert Page Sims
For twenty-five years the Bluefield Colored Institute, a co-educational institution of Bluefield, W. Va., has been doing a much needed work at a point far removed from the large centers of population, and has exerted a leavening influence on a section, the colored population of which has greatly increased in the last two decades ...
Moses T. Sinclair
The population of West Virginia has been greatly enriched by the number and character of the men of both races which she has drawn from the Old Dominion. One of the men of the medical profession is Dr. Moses Thomas Sinclair, physician and surgeon to the West Virginia Collegiate Institute at Institute. ...
Simpson A. Smith
Again and again, we have had occasion in these pages to note the rise of young men from the farm to places of large usefulness in the cities in various professional fields. One of these farm boys to succeed in the medical profession is Dr. Simpson Alexander Smith, of Huntington. ...
Vincent Samuel Smith
Since Emancipation, Virginia has sent into West Virginia a large number of men of both races who have contributed much to the progress and development of the state. All the professions and every line of work have in them many of these sons of the Old Dominion who are doing good work in their adopted state. ...
Andrew J. Smoot
The A. M. E. Connection in West Virginia, while not as strong numerically as in some of the other states, can point with pride to the quality and character of its leadership. One of these leaders who has made a place for himself in the work of the denomination is Rev. Andrew Jefferson Smoot, ...
Albert Lee Spaulding
Wherever any considerable number of colored people are found, there will be found also some natives of North Carolina. Many of them have entered the professions and some have gone into business. One of the successful young physicians of the state of West Virginia, located at Charleston, hails from the Old North State. ...
Alexander A. Staples
In no other state on the eastern side of America are there to be found among business and professional men a greater proportion of men from other states than in West Virginia. This speaks well for the state, as it indicates that it is a progressive state and a section which offers opportunity to the enterprising man. ...
Thomas L. Sweeney
We are too prone to associate the fine qualities of courage and heroism with the great crises and with military campaigns, forgetting that courage as splendid and heroism as daring may be shown by a boy in his fight against poverty and in his struggle for an education. ...
M. A. W. Thompson
With the steady growth of intelligence among the colored people, the women of the race have come to occupy more and more places of importance. The churches, the schools and the secret orders and benevolent societies have all felt the influence of their leadership. ...
Henry Jackson Trice
There is something wholesome and helpful in the atmosphere of a university or college town, even to the fellow who is not permitted to attend the institution. This is illustrated by the life and work of Dr. Henry Jackson Trice, a successful physician of Clarksburg, W. Va., who was born and reared at Chapel Hill, the seat of North Carolina University in Orange County. ...
John James Turner
The Rev. John James Turner, who is an expert in Sunday School work, belongs to the Baptist denomination and resides at Montgomery, Fayette County, W. Va. He is a native of Virginia, having been born at Poplar Mount, Greenville County, Va., on August 5, 1871. ...
Samuel L. Wade
West Virginia is greatly indebted to the old state of Virginia in the matter of educational and religious leadership. One of the Virginia men now doing splendid work in the educational field is Prof. Samuel Leonidas Wade of the Bluefield Colored Institute. Prof. Wade is a native of Louisa County, Va., where he was born on October 1, 1871. ...
C. D. Wainwright
Dr. Chester Dunlap Wainwright, the only colored physician in the prosperous old town of Charles Town, W. Va., is a native of that place, having been born there on July 15, 1884. His father, the late Rev. Chester C. Wainwright, was a minister in the Free Baptist Church. ...
The successful operator of the denominational schools calls for a man of unusual versatility. He must keep his curriculum on a par with public institutions as far as he goes he must finance his school, largely within his own denomination, which means that he must constantly keep his work before the annual gatherings of the brethren ...
Lee A. Watkins
The old state of Virginia has sent out to adjacent States a number of strong men of both races who have made their mark in the religious leadership of the sections to which they have gone. One finds them all the way from coast to coast. ...
Robert T. G. Warren
One of the strong self-reliant young professional men of West Virginia is Dr. Robert Taylor Gleaves Warren of Williamson. He is a native of Tazewell County, Va., having been born at Tazewell C. H. on February 14, 1888. His father, H. G. Warren was a barber and was the son of Johnson Warren, who was a descendant of Gen. Warren, killed at the battle of Bunker Hill. ...
Hattie A. Washington
Mrs. Washington is a native of the state, having been born at the old town of Point Pleasant on the Ohio River. Her maiden name was Alexander, and her father was Joseph Alexander, a farmer. The maiden name of her mother was Julia Smith. ...
Stepto A. Washington
The late Stepto Adam Washington of Hill Top, Fayette County, W. Va., was a good citizen and an ornament to his profession. His passing was a real loss to the community and to the race, as his life had been one of loyal unselfish service. ...
Robert J. Watson
One of the well equipped and promising young men of the Baptist ministry in West Virginia is Rev. Robert J. Watson, pastor of the Baptist church at Montgomery. He is a native of Virginia, having been born at Calloway, in Franklin County, Va., on July 15, 1889. ...
Minnie H. Watson
Mrs. Minnie Hopkins Watson, formerly a teacher of Rocky Mount, Va., has done good work already although a young woman and gives promise of much larger usefulness in the future. Mrs. Watson was born in Rocky Mount on March 31, 1893, daughter of Jack and Ollie Warren Hopkins. Her father was a merchant. ...
Benjamin F. White
The life stories of men like Dr. Benjamin Franklin White of Huntington constitute one of the biggest assets of the race. The true record of the American boy of whatever race struggling up from poverty and obscurity to a place of success and of large usefulness always makes its appeal to other young men who have to travel the same way. ...
Andrew H. Whitfield
Wherever in America there is any considerable colored population, one finds, especially in the professions, an occasional West Indian. They are unusually intelligent, easily adapt themselves to the ways of the “States” and readily take their places in the social, business and professional life of the race. ...
James M. Whittico
Henry County, Va., has sent many of her sons into West Virginia. These include laborers, miners, doctors, dentists and others. It is gratifying to note the number who have succeeded. One of the successful physicians of the state who was born in Henry County is Dr. James Malachi Whittico of Williamson. ...
Matthew T. Whittico
The life and work of Matthew Thomas Whittico, Editor and publisher of the McDowell Times of Keystone, W. Va., is another illustration of what America owes the country boy. Like so many of the successful business and professional men of both races in West Virginia, he is a native of the Old Dominion, ...
John J. Williams
The professional men of the race in West Virginia have been largely recruited from the States of the South, especially, Virginia and the Carolinas. Occasionally, however, one finds a British West Indian. ...
Reavie S. Williams
Mr. Williams was born in Oconee County, Ga., on April 16, 1878. His father, Nathan Williams, was a farmer and encouraged and assisted his son in every way his means would permit. Young Williams worked on the farm helping about the place till he was grown to manhood. ...
Henry H. Winters
In this day of crass commercialism when so many things are keyed to the sign of the dollar, it is refreshing to find a man like Prof. Henry Hunter Winters, who in the face of difficulties, dared to aspire to a place of large usefulness, and who achieved it because he was willing to serve. ...
John D. Woodfork
No book dealing with the leaders of either race in West Virginia can fail to take into account the number of strong men in every line of endeavor, who have come to the state from the Old Dominion. ...
William R. Woodson
The reader of this volume has no doubt already been impressed with the number of representative men of the race in West Virginia who came originally from Virginia. The Baptist ministry especially has been largely recruited from the Old Dominion. As a rule West Virginia may well be grateful for these adopted sons ...
Thomas S. Wright
One of the men who is doing notable work in the upper Guyan Valley for the Baptist cause is Rev. Thomas Simeon Wright, pastor of the Baptist church at Lorado. Like so many of the other religious leaders of the state he hails from the Old Dominion. He first saw the light in Lynchburg, Va., on September 13, 1886. ...
Birton L. Zeiglar
The number of North Carolina farm boys who have made their way into other States, and who have succeeded in business lines and in the professions would seem to indicate that the Old North State puts into a fellow pluck, patience, and perseverance. One of these North Carolinians who is doing splendid work in West Virginia is Rev. Birton Linward Zeiglar, ...
Leonard C. Farrar
The state owes an incalculable debt of gratitude to the men and women who devote their lives to the training of the young. Without them we should soon be floundering in a morass of ignorance and superstition and civilization would be a thing of the past. ...
William G. Capel
No one who studies American biography as it relates to the successful business and professional men of both races, can fail to be impressed with the large number of those men who have had to fight their way up from the humblest beginnings. One of these is Dr. William Garfield Capel, the only Negro dentist at Beckley, W. Va. ...
Henry Clay Head
The Baptist denomination of West Virginia has drawn heavily from the states to the south of her for leaders in the pulpit. Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama have all sent their sons to West Virginia. One of the Alabama boys, who is now doing notable work at the capital city of the state is Rev. Henry Clay Head, ...
Ely Leon Lofton
The record of a struggle up from obscurity and poverty to a place of leadership in the Kingdom of God, like this story of Rev. Ely Leon Lofton, A.B., B.D., should be read and studied by the struggling boy who imagines he is having a hard time. The story reveals certain traits which account for his success. ...
William E. McCollum
Few other States in proportion to population have sent out more successful men in the various professions of both races than has North Carolina. They are a sturdy lot, accustomed to hard work and simple living at home and usually succeed. ...
Harold J. Warren
Among the rising young professional men of the state must be mentioned Dr. Harold Johnston Warren, the only colored dentist at the prosperous town of Logan. Dr. Warren is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born in Tazewell County, Va., on November 10, 1893. ...
Chauncey N. Thompson
Perhaps a majority of the big pulpits of both races are filled with men born and reared in the country, and yet there are enough happy exceptions to show that God is no respector of persons. Paul was a city man and his work was done in the city—at what were then great centers of population, Antioch, Corinth, Thessalonica, Athens and Rome. ...
Gurnett E. Ferguson
Business has its pioneers as well as other fields of endeavor, and it sometimes requires as much courage and originality to succeed in the realm of business pioneering as it does to blaze new trails in the wilderness or to sail uncharted seas. One of these business pioneers of the race in West Virginia is Capt. Gurnett Edinburg Ferguson, ...
Ethelbert S. Kennedy
The last two decades have witnessed an increasingly large number of young colored men entering professional life. It is a hopeful sign, as it not only demonstrates their ability individually, but points the way to progress. There are today many successful doctors of the race, and their success shows that the race will support its own professional men, ...
Frederick R. Ramer
It has been found that a majority of professional men leave their home towns to succeed. There are a few, however, who find their field of endeavor in the communities where they were born and reared; and no higher commendation can come to a man, than that year after year he should be chosen to a place of leadership ...