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Blanton, John Oliver, Jr.

(born: 1885  -  died: 1962) 

J. O. Blanton, Jr. was born in Versailles, KY, on Christmas Day in 1885, according to his World War I draft registration card. He was the son of John, Sr. and Eliza Blanton [source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census]. He served as president of the American Mutual Savings Bank in Louisville, KY. The building was built by Samuel Plato in 1922, the same year that William H. Wright launched the business. Blanton was also director of the Mammoth Building and Loan Association and a professor of mathematics at Central High School in Louisville for 12 years. Blanton was also involved with the Louisville Urban League, which was founded in 1959. He and his wife, Carolyn Steward Blanton, were the parents of John W. Blanton. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37.


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NKAA Entry: Plato, Samuel M.
NKAA Entry: Louisville Central High School/Central High School Magnet Career Academy
NKAA Entry: Blanton, John W.
NKAA Source: Who's who in colored America; a biographical dictionary of notable living persons of Negro descent in the United States [1927, 1933-37]

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