Samuel G. Elbert, Sr. Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles


Died: Circa 1939
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Samuel G. Elbert, Sr. (1865-1939), who was born on a farm near Chestertown, Maryland, entered the pre-medical program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the Howard Medical School in 1891. After taking post-graduate medical courses at the University of Pennsylvania and receiving a degree in 1894, Elbert moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he became one of the first Blacks to open a medical practice for Blacks in the state. In addition to his medical practice, Elbert became involved in community affairs, including devoting much of his time to the advancement of education for Blacks. He was a member of the Wilmington Board of Education from 1927-1931, and Elbert also served on the Board of Trustees of the State College for Colored Students (now Delaware State University) at Dover from 1918-1933. He also became involved in politics (Elbert was a staunch support of the Republican Party, serving as a delegate from Delaware at two national Republican conventions) and national Black movements, including the National Negro Business League, of which he was elected Second Vice President in 1906. His son, Dr. Samuel G. Elbert, Jr., also became one of the leaders in the medical field for the Black community.

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