Sam Cary

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Born(1886-07-09)July 9, 1886
Providence, Kentucky
DiedApril 13, 1961(1961-04-13) (aged 74)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materWashburn Law School

Samuel Eddy Cary (July 9, 1886 - April 13, 1961) was a lawyer in Kansas and Colorado.[1][2]

He was born in Providence, Kentucky.[2][1] In 1910 graduated from Washburn Law School in Kansas, the first African American to receive a degree from the law school. He moved to Colorado with his family in 1919.[3][2] He was disbarred in 1926 over accusation of financial improprieties, despite serving many who could not afford to pay him. He was restored to the bar in 1935. He retired in 1945.[2]

The Sam Cary Bar Association is named for him. It was established by seven attorneys with African heritage in 1971.[4] In 2011, Washburn Law School recognized him with Lifetime Achievement Award.[1] There is also a Sam Cary Scholarship Fund.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2011 Award Recipients". Washburn University School of Law.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Brovsky-Eaker, Jess (July 7, 2020). "How One Lawyer Returned to the Courtroom Against All Odds".
  3. "Who was the first Black Lawyer in Colorado?". Denver Public Library History. July 2, 2020.
  4. "Black History Month: The struggle for diversity among lawyers".

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