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Frederick Madison Roberts

Born: Sep 14, 1879

Death: Jul 18, 1952

Birthplace: Chillicothe

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Frederick Madison Roberts

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1879
Date of Death : Jul 18, 1952
Birth Place : Chillicothe

Frederick Madison Roberts was an American newspaper owner and editor, educator and business owner; he became a politician, the first known man of African American descent elected to the California State Assembly. He served there for 16 years and became known as "dean of the assembly." He has been honored as the first person of African-American descent to be elected to public office among the states on the West Coast. A great-grandson of Sally Hemings of Monticello, he is widely believed to be a great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson.


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