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Burdett, Samuel "Sam" and Belle

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The Burdetts, Samuel (b.1849) and his wife Belle (b.1848), were both Kentucky natives, according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. They married in 1872, then left Kentucky and settled in Seattle, WA. Samuel, a Civil War veteran, made his living as a veterinarian surgeon. In 1900, he was elected the King County wreckmaster. He co-founded the Cornerstone Grand Lodge of the York Masons, and helped organize the International Council of the World, an anti-lynching organization. He was author of A Test of Lynch Law, a 100-page book published in 1901 that fictionalized the lynching of Henry Smith in Paris, Texas. Sam Burdett died June 28, 1905 in Kilckitat, WA [source: Register of Deaths in Klickitat County, Washington]. For more see Samuel Burnett at the BlackPast.org website; Seattle's Black Victorians, 1852-1901, by E. H. Mumford; and A Spectacular Secret, by J. D. Goldsby.

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NKAA Source: A Test of lynch law : an expose of mob violence and the courts of hell
NKAA Source: Seattle's black Victorians, 1852-1901
NKAA Source: A spectacular secret : lynching in American life and literature

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“Burdett, Samuel "Sam" and Belle,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 24, 2017, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/2098.

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