Black in the Day…

October 7, 1889: On this date William Owen Bush became the first Black person elected to the Washington State Legislature. William Owen Bush (July 4, 1832 – February 13, 1907) was an American farmer and politician who was elected to the inaugural legislature of Washington state after its admission to the United States in 1889. He is noted for introducing the legislation that established Washington State University, for being the first African-American to serve in the Washington legislature, and for his tireless promotion of Washington agriculture.  Following Washington’s admission to the United States in…