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The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago: Anthony Overton and the Building of a Financial Empire

Robert E. Weems


Anthony Overton is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most significant African American entrepreneurs. Overton, at his peak, presided over a Chicago-based financial empire that included a personal care products company (Overton Hygienic Manufacturing Company) a bank (Douglass National Bank), an insurance company (Victory Life Insurance Company) a popular periodical (the Half-Century Magazine), and a newspaper (Chicago Bee). This impressive business portfolio contributed to Overton being the first businessman to win the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 1927, as well as him currently bei ... More

Keywords: Anthony Overton, African Americans, business, entrepreneurship, business conglomerate, biography, Chicago

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043062
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Weems, author
Wichita State University