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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Washington, Booker Taliaferro
Washington, Booker Taliaferro Educator; born of negro parents near Hale's Ford, Va., about 1859; graduated at Hampton Institute, Va., in 1875; and was an instructor there till 1881, when he was elected principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. His success in organizing and directing that institution has brought him into much prominence. He has also attained a high reputation as a speaker on educational and racial subjects. His publications include Sowing and reaping, and Up from slavery. In October, 1901, on the invitation of President Roosevelt, he dined at the White House, an incident which created a storm of disapproval in the Southern States.