Myers, George A., 1859-1930

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George A. Myers (1859-1930) was a Black Republican political leader in Cleveland, Ohio and a barber.

From the description of George A. Myers papers, 1890-1929 (inclusive), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122512773

Ohio African-American politician, owner of Holledon Hotel barber shop in Cleveland, Ohio, and member of the Ohio Republican State Executive Committee.

From the description of Papers, 1890-1929. (Ohio Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 39543578

From the description of Papers [microform], 1890-1929. (Ohio Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 39543528

Owner of the Hollenden Barber Shop, which became his steppingstone into Republican politics in the 1890s, Myers became an influential black politician and civic leader in Cleveland, Ohio, and a close ally to Marcus Hanna. Myers was a delegate to the Republican Natl. Convention in 1892, 1896, and 1900 and was instrumental in the development of the McKinley-Hanna organization and in the election of Hanna to the U.S. Senate. During the 1920s, Myers adopted a new tone of militancy in racial matters.

From the description of Correspondence, 1912-1923. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 22469987

Public official and shopkeeper.

From the description of Papers of George A. Myers, 1890-1929. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061455

George A. Myers (1859-1930) was the owner of the Hollenden Barber Shop, which became his steppingstone into Republican politics in the 1890s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1879 and began work as a barber at the Weddell House Barber Shop. He opened the barber shop at the Hollenden Hotel in 1888 with the financial backing of Liberty Holden and James Rhodes. By 1920, his barber shop employed 17 barbers, 6 manicurists, 5 porters, 3 hairdressers, and 2 podiatrists. Myers became an influential African American politician and civic leader in Cleveland, Ohio, and a close ally to Marcus Hanna. Myers was a delegate to the Republican Natl. Convention in 1892, 1896, and 1900 and was instrumental in the development of the McKinley-Hanna organization and in the election of Hanna to the U.S. Senate. Myers was offered several political appointments but declined them all, instead securing 4 appointments for other African Americans.

During the 1920s, Myers adopted a new tone of militancy in racial matters, possibly due to the fact that the Hollenden Hotel replaced all of its African American barbers with white barbers after Myers retired in 1923. He lobbied local newspapers to capitalize the word Negro and stop using offensive words. He also persuaded guards at the Woodland Hills municipal swimming pool to stop threatened violence against African Americans.

View the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for George A. Myers

From the guide to the George A. Myers Correspondence, 1912-1923, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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referencedIn Green, John Patterson, b. 1845. Papers of John Patterson Green, 1869-1910. Library of Congress
creatorOf Myers, George A., 1859-1930. Papers [microform], 1890-1929. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf George A. Myers Correspondence, 1912-1923 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Nash, George Kilbon, 1842-1904. Papers 1900-1904. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Rhodes, James Ford, 1848-1927. Letters to George A. Myers, 1910-1923. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Herrick, Myron T. (Myron Timothy), 1854-1929. Papers 1904-1906. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Myers, George A., 1859-1930. Papers of George A. Myers, 1890-1929. Library of Congress
creatorOf Myers, George A., 1859-1930. Papers, 1890-1929. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Myers, George A., 1859-1930. George A. Myers papers, 1890-1929 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Republican National Convention. Convention tickets and credentials certification, 1892. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Myers, George A., 1859-1930. Correspondence, 1912-1923. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
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associatedWith Anderson, William T. person
associatedWith Anderson, William T. person
correspondedWith Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937 person
associatedWith Bradford, James. person
correspondedWith Brown, J. A. (Jere A.) person
associatedWith Brown, Jere A. person
correspondedWith Burton, Theodore E. (Theodore Elijah), 1851-1929 person
correspondedWith Cooper, Edward E. person
associatedWith Cottrill, Charles. person
correspondedWith Dick, Charles, 1858-1945 person
associatedWith Green, John P. person
associatedWith Green, John P. person
associatedWith Green, John Patterson, b. 1845. person
associatedWith Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904. person
associatedWith Herrick, Myron T. (Myron Timothy), 1854-1929. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith McKinley, William, 1843-1901. person
associatedWith Nash, George Kilbon, 1842-1904. person
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associatedWith Ohio. National Guard. corporateBody
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associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Rhodes, James Ford, 1848-1927. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Tyler, Ralph. person
correspondedWith Tyler, Ralph W. person
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correspondedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915. person
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Ohio--Cleveland
Ohio
Cleveland (Ohio)
Ohio
United States
Ohio--Urbana
United States
Cleveland (Ohio)
United States
Ohio
Ohio--Urbana
United States
Ohio
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Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Discrimination
Politicians--Correspondence
African Americans--Politics and government
United States--Politics and government
African Americans--Ohio--Cleveland--Politics and government
Lynching
Cleveland (Ohio)--Politics and government
Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904
African Americans--Ohio--Cleveland--Correspondence
United States--Politics and government--20th century--Sources
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Barbers
Political conventions
Associations, institutions, etc.--Membership, African American
Patronage, Political
African Americans--Correspondence
African Americans--Civil rights
Lobbying
Myers, George A., 1859-1930
Elections
African Americans
Ohio--Politics and government
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Barbers
Shopkeepers
Politicians
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Birth 1859

Death 1930

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