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George Edwin Taylor:

More than a century before Barack Obama’s historic run for the White House, a man from LaCrosse blazed a trail for him. Although most people today have never heard of him, George Edwin Taylor was the first black American to run for president on a party ticket. Historian Bruce Mouser recently uncovered the story.

Commentator Bruce Mouser is an emeritus professor of history at UW-La Crosse and the author of For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics.