J. Thomas Newsome

Lawyer, Deceased Person

1869 – 1942

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Who was J. Thomas Newsome?

Joseph Thomas Newsome was the first African-American lawyer in post-Civil War Newport News, Virginia, to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court. Newsome was a respected lawyer, newspaper editor and civic leader who hosted many up and coming African-Americans in his historic Queen Anne home including, Booker T. Washington.

Newsome was the editor of the Newport News Star, a weekly African-American publication.

The J. Thomas Newsome House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and is open to the public.

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Born
1869
Profession
Education
  • Virginia State University
Died
1942

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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