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Fri, 12.15.1865

Iowa Lawyer George Woodson born

George H. Woodson

*The birth of George H. Woodson in 1865 is marked on this date.  He was a Black lawyer.

Woodson was born in Virginia and was a graduate of its Petersburg College in 1890. He finished at Howard University's law school in Washington, D.C., in 1896. Woodson came to Iowa with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry. He eventually served from 1890-1893 as an NCO in the military.

One of the co-founders of the Niagara Movement, he later became deputy director of customs in 1924, commissioner of the Virgin Islands in 1928 and a representative of the Virgin Islands to the Republican National Convention.

Also during this time he led the founding of the Iowa Negro Bar and the National Bar Association in 1925. Woodson was a prominent lawyer with offices in the coal-mining town Buxton and in Des Moines.  He became first president and president emeritus of both as a hero of the Black legal community. George Woodson died in 1933.

Howard University,
2400 Sixth Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20059

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African American History in Iowa 1838-2000
by Bill Silag, Susan-Koch Bridgford, Hal Chase
Copyright 2001
Published by the State Historical Society if Iowa
ISBN 0-8033-013-1

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