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

Wilson, Milton James, Sr.

(born: 1915  -  died: 2003) 

Born in Paducah, KY, Milton Wilson was one of the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in accounting. He was the son of Rhea Day Wilson, a school teacher, and Jess Wilson, a Pullman Porter, and the grandson of Elizabeth Day, also a public school teacher.

Wilson was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Paducah, West Virginia State University, and Indiana University at Bloomington. He would later become chief accountant for architect Samuel Plato in Louisville, KY.

In 1951, Wilson became the second African American in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in accounting (Indiana University). He was the 25th African American CPA in the U.S. and the first in Indiana and Texas.

Wilson created the business schools at Texas Southern University and Howard University and established a business school in Decca, Pakistan in 1966.

For more see L. Abram, "Wilson, 88, launched TSU's business school," Houston Chronicle, 9/06/2003, A section, p. 37; A White-Collar Profession, by T. Hammond; and "Milton James Wilson" in vol. 8 of African American National Biography, edited by H. L. Gates, Jr. and E. B. Higginbotham.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Plato, Samuel M.
NKAA Source: Houston chronicle (newspaper)
NKAA Source: A White-collar profession: African American certified public accountants since 1921
NKAA Source: The African American national biography

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