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Robert S. Abbott

Chicago Defender

1905 - 1940

Publishing & Print Media

1900 b. 1868
UndergraduateHampton University (formerly Hampton Institute)
GraduateLLB, Kent College
Born-Died1868 - 1940
BirthplaceGeorgia (GA)
RaceBlack or African American
FatherLaborer, Un-/Semi-skilled
Era - 1900

Abbott, the son of slave parents, created the Chicago Defender in 1905 with a total capitalization of twenty-five cents. By 1921, the Defender became a national newspaper, with 70 employees and a plant valued at nearly a half million dollars. Abbott became one of Chicago’s first black millionaires.