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I found the following article in a September 20, 1907 Yellow Springs (Ohio)
News. The article mentions specific people and I thought someone on the list
might find the information helpful.


Roosevelt Has Bestowed More Offices On Negroes Than Any Predecessor's
Figures Show.
Many of Those Appointees Hold Responsible Positions and Receive High Pay --
Total Salaries Reach 100,000 -- Race in Ohio Recognized

No President has ever recognized the negro race to the extent tht
President Roosevelt has in th way of appointments, says the Ohio
State Journal in a
recent issue. Not only does his recognition represent quantity, but quality
of office as well. Some idea of the salaries drawn by the colored
appointees of President Roosevelt may be gained when it is stated
that the aggregate
of the salaries drawn by the men appointed by him to executive positions
amounts to over $100,000 annually. A partial list of colored men appointed by
President Roosevelt, and the salary drawn by each is as follows:

W. T. Vernon, register of th treasury, $4,000

J. C. Dancy, recorder of deeds, $4,000

H. W. Furniss, minister to Hayti, $10,000

Charles W. Anderson, internal revenue collector, $4,500

R. H. Terrell, magistrate, $3,250

E. M. Hewlett, magistrate, $3,250

R. W. Tyler, auditor for navy, $4,000

W. D. Crum, collector, Charleston, S. C., $1,220

John H. Deveaux, collector, Savannah, $4,500

Henry Rucker,, collector, Georgia, $4,500

Joseph Lee, collector, Florida, $4,375

Ernest Lyons, minister to Liberia, $5,000

George W. Ellis, secretary to legation, $1,500

W. H. Hunt, consul to St. Eteine, $2,500

J. G. Carter, consul to Madagascar, $2,500

G. H. Jackson, consul to LaRochelle, $2,500

J. W. Johnson, consul to Coree Dawar, $2,000

W. J. Yerby, consul to Sierra Leone, $2,000

Walter Cohen, reigster land office, $3,000

Burt Kennedy, receiver of public money, $2,500

Robert Smalls, collector, Beaufort, S. C., $1,218

L. W. Livingston, consul to Cape Haitian, $2,000

C. H. Payne, consul to St. Thomas, $3,000
The above is an incomplete but most impressive array of colored appointments
made by President Roosevelt, and quite conclusively demonstrates his
interest in the race. In addition to the above, he made Privates O.
B. Davis adn
Green liueutenants in th army--the first instance where colored soldiers have
risen from teh ranks to commissioned officers. Another recent appointment of
the president ws that of Rev. O. J. Scott to chaplain in the army at $2,000
per annum. The appointment of William H. Lewis, Second district attorney in
Massachusetts, at a salary of $2,000 per annum, ws made at the suggestion of
the president, and is the first instance where a colored attorney has been
appointed to a representative position in the judicial department of this

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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