From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Steward, William H.

(born: 1847  -  died: 1935) 

A former slave, William H. Steward was the first African American mailman in Louisville, KY. He was also founder of the American Baptist newspaper. Steward served as the acting president of State University [later Simmons University], 1905-1906. He was born in Brandenburg, KY, and educated in a Louisville school run by Rev. Henry Adams. He taught in Louisville and Frankfort and later worked for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Steward was also president of the National Negro Press Association. For more see the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000; and The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians by A. A. Dunnigan.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Simmons College (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Entry: Adams, Henry
NKAA Entry: National Colored Press Convention, 1880
American Press Association, 1881-1909
National Negro Press Association, 1909-1939
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: American Baptist (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia (online full text)
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  National Afro-American Council
NKAA Entry:  Southern Press Association [Negro newspapers]
NKAA Entry:  Kentucky Colony in Washington D.C.
NKAA Entry:  Negro Press Association, Kentucky
NKAA Entry:  Magowan Brothers and the Reporter (Mt. Sterling, KY)

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“Steward, William H.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 23, 2023,

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