George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams (HMGON)

Location: Cincinnati, OH 45203 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.15', W 84° 31.234'

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George Washington Williams was born in 1849 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. At age 14, he enlisted in the Union Army to fight in the Civil War and received a medical discharge in 1868. In 1874, he became the first African American to graduate from the Newton Theological Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and shortly after married Sarah A. Sterrett. He became pastor of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston before moving to Washington, D.C. to serve as editor of a newspaper called The Commoner. He then moved to Cincinnati to become pastor of the Union Baptist Church and while there served as the first black member of the Ohio Legislature from 1879-1881. Williams went to the Belgian Congo in 1890 where he criticized King Leopold II in an Open Letter for his inhumane policies in the Congo. He died in 1891 in England.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number52-31
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Historic Preservation Committee, Union Baptist Church and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 9:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 714402 N 4331078
Decimal Degrees39.10250000, -84.52056667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.15', W 84° 31.234'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 9.00" N, 84° 31' 14.04" W
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 405 W 7th St, Cincinnati OH 45203, US
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