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William Alexander Leidesdorff - First Black Millionaire, American Consul and California Pioneer

William Alexander Leidesdorff is probably one of the best-kept secrets in the pioneering of the West and the creation of the State of California. Born out of wedlock in St. Croix, Danish West Indies in 1810 to a Jewish Danish sugar planter and a black plantation worker, he went on to become the first Black millionaire when gold was found on his property shortly before he died in 1848.

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Then-California Assemblyman Dave Cox in Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 131
              “..a prominent civic leader and pioneer in the successful quest for California to become the 31st state in the United States.  He was elected Treasurer of the City of San Francisco, owned the largest home in the city, constructed the first City Hotel, built the first commercial shipping warehouse, and donated the land to build the first public school in California.”

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.
 
            “The life of William Alexander Leidesdorff is the kind of African-American success story that deserves its proper place in history.  Young people, both Black and White, need to know that even during the era of slavery, African-Americans were leaders among the pioneers who settled the West and built our great cities.  The fact that Leidesdorff served on San Francisco's first school board and helped to start the city's first school attests to the importance that African-Americans accorded education even on the frontier and even in that difficult time" 

Martin McGuinn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mellon Financial Corporation 
              "As the original source material in Gary Palgon's biography makes clear, many of William Leidesdorff's most notable accomplishments relate to his participation in the beginnings of business and commerce in California. The achievements of this African-American entrepreneur, diplomat and California pioneer are truly remarkable."

Don S. McClure, DonSMcClureConsultants.com, The largest black history website in the US.
               "It is important to share the life and success of such a great African-American with the world.  His story will guide so many others to desire and accomplish much with their own dreams. I salute you for making this information possible to those who might not get the chance to read about William Alexander Leidesdorff.” 

To order a copy of the book, click here: William Alexander Leidesdorff: First Black Millionaire, American Consul and California Pioneer 

To order a copy of the book, click here: William Alexander Leidesdorff: First Black Millionaire, American Consul and California Pioneer 

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Leidesdorf Book Series Chronicles Historical Contributions to Mankind

New Book Chronicles Life of First Black Millionaire, American Consul and California Pioneer

 

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