First African American to vote

First African-American to vote

First African American to vote

With the re-election of our 44th president Barack Obama, I thought that it would be appropriate to talk about the African-American vote.

Thomas Mundy Peterson was born October 6, 1824 to slaves. By trade he was a school custodian and handy man. He was fortunate to become a man of firsts in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was the first African-American to vote in the United States after the ratification of the 15th amendment. The day after the amendment was changed; Peterson cast his vote as a member of the Republican Party in 1870. His reason for voting was not because he wanted to be the first to do so, but because he wanted to help the town in which he lived in to revise their charter. After his side won the election he was also appointed to the Middlesex County Commission to aid in its revision. He was also the first African-American to serve on a jury.

I wonder if Thomas Peterson would have ever thought that there would be an African-American president.

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~ by ymondy on December 14, 2012.

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