George Washington Williams
George Washington Williams, who was originally born in Pennsylvania, moved to Cincinnati and became the first African- American elected to the Ohio Legislature in 1879. Williams retired from politics after one term as state representative. However, he continued to serve as a leader and spokesman for the black community and later wrote History of the Negro Race in America 1618-1880. The publication of this two-volume, 60 chapter work made Williams the first African- American to write a history of his race.
From Profile Ohio.