From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Gaines, Wallace A.

(born: 1858) 

Gaines moved to Covington, KY, from Dayton, OH. In 1882 he was appointed a U.S. Storekeeper by Secretary of the Treasury John Sherman. In 1892 he was elected a state delegate-at-large to represent the Republican State League at Buffalo, NY. In an 1898 letter from Sam J. Roberts to President McKinley, Gaines was referred to as "the most trusted Lieutenant among the Negroes in the campaigning for delegates and electoral votes and is the recognized Negro Leader of Kentucky..." Sam J. Roberts was editor of the Lexington Leader and a Republican political operative. For more see Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson. Quote from p.303 of The Racial Attitudes of American Presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt by G. Sinkler.


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NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Biographical sketches of prominent Negro men and women of Kentucky
NKAA Source: The racial attitudes of American Presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt

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