In 1904, George Edwin Taylor was the first African American to run for president. Taylor ran for president as the candidate of the National Negro Liberty Party, sometimes known as the National Liberty Party.
Taylor was born the son of a slave in Wisconsin and eventually became a journalist in Iowa. During this period he rose to prominence in national black politics, acting as president of the National Colored Men’s Protective Association and the National Negro Democratic League and served high office in various other black organizations.”
He received less than 2000 votes and 1910 to 1925, Taylor retreated from the national stage and lived an active life in Jacksonville, Florida where he died December 23, 1925.