Chester K. Gillespie

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Chester K. Gillespie (1897 - 1985) was a lawyer and politician who worked for civil rights in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] He was born in Home City, Ohio[2] to Warren and Lulu Trail Gillespie. He graduated from Ohio State University and then earned a law degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Law School in 1920. He served three terms in the Ohio General Assembly in 1933-34, 1939-40, and 1943-44. He was a Republican.[3]

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.[2] He and fellow attormey Clayborne George were denied office space in buildings in downtown Cleveland because they were African American.[4]

Gillespie served as president of the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1936 and 1937.[4]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chester K. Gillespie | Ohio Statehouse".
  3. "GILLESPIE, CHESTER K." Encyclopedia of Cleveland History | Case Western Reserve University. November 18, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gordon, Rhianna. "Chester K. Gillespie - The Struggle to End "Jim Crow" in Downtown Cleveland". Cleveland Historical.

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