Negro candidates, their pedigrees and general character.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
We requested our friends, a few days ago, to send us, from all parts of the State, the names of negro candidates in the State for the several offices, their pedigrees and general character. These statements begin to come in. A friend in Fayetteville sends us the following:
“NEGRO CANDIDATES IN CUMBERLAND: For House of Representatives, Isham Swett, free mulatto of old issue; Barber by trade; went with 1st Regt. N.C. Vols. (Confederate) in the capacity of a servant.
John Leary – free mulatto, old issue; Saddler by trade. His father, also free mulatto, formerly owned slaves and sold them. One of his brothers was in the raid with John Brown and was killed at Harper’s Ferry.”
If our friends will comply with our request as above, we shall have an interesting chapter of the practical working and character of Radicalism.
Semi-Weekly Raleigh Sentinel, 18 April 1868.