Cum Posey

Cum Posey

About Cum Posey

Cumberland Willis 'Cum' Posey, Jr. (June 20, 1890 March 28, 1946) was an American baseball player, manager, and team owner in the Negro leagues, as well as a star professional basketball player and team owner. Cumberland Jr. was born into Western Pennsylvania's Negro elite, the son of Cumberland Willis Posey Sr. and Angelina 'Anna' Stevens Posey of Homestead, adjacent to Pittsburgh. Posey senior worked on riverboats and became in 1877 probably the first African American licensed engineer in the United States, then earned the chief engineer license and title Captain. 'Cap' Posey was a riverboat builder, general manager of the Dexter Coal Company, owner of the Diamond Coke and Coal Company, and industrial partner of Henry Clay Frick. He was president of the Loendi Social and Literary Club for three years and president of the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper for its first fourteen years, to 1924.(Williams) The family lived in a palatial Italianate mansion on the heights.

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