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Francis Elliott Young (28 September 1876 - 1958) was a civil rights leader and union organizer from Cleveland, Ohio.[1]


He was born on 28 September 1876 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Young helped organize the Cleveland branch of the NAACP and the AFL postal union.[1] He entered politics after retiring as a postal supervisor.[2]

In 1954, he ran for Ohio's 21st congressional district. The district was evenly divided between African Americans, who were solidly Republican, and whites, who were mostly Democrats. After winning a hard-fought Republican primary, the 78-year-old Young lost to Charles Vanik, a judge.[1][2]

He died in 1958.


  1. ^ a b c "Three More Negroes May Win Congress Seats This November". Jet. Chicago. 1954-08-19. pp. 6–7. Retrieved 2014-07-04. Aging Brown University graduate Francis Young, who worked 30 years in the post office and then began a political career, has the biggest task in stimulating Negroes to turn out in the polls.
  2. ^ a b "22 Negroes Win Primary Nominations". Jet. Chicago. 1954-05-20. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2014-07-04. Young, active in civic affairs, will face Charles A. Vanik, a white municipal court judge, who edged out John Holly, founder of the Negro Future Outlook League, in the Democratic primary.