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Louis Stokes and William Dawson

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Louis Stokes and William Dawson

Louis Stokes and William Dawson

G&P celebrates Louis Stokes, sworn in as the first Black congressman from Ohio and William L. Dawson, the first Black elected to head a standing committee of Congress.

Louis Stokes 

Louis Stokes (February 23, 1925 – August 18, 2015) was a lawyer and politician from Cleveland, Ohio. He served 30 years in the United States House of Representatives – and was the first black congressman elected in the state of Ohio. Louis Stokes is considered to be an iconic leader and one of the most revered people in Cleveland’s history.

William Levi Dawson

William Levi Dawson (April 26, 1886 – November 9, 1970) was an African-American politician who represented Chicago in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first African American to lead a standing committee. In the 1940s he was vigilant in the civil rights era and sponsored voting registration drives. 

 

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