Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

by gamer20 on January 11, 2016

photo by James J. Kriegman

Date of Birth: November 29, 1908

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Death: April 4, 1972

Place of Death: Miami, Florida

Ethnicity: African-American, some European

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was an American Baptist minister and politician. A Democrat, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1971.

Adam was the son of Mattie F. (Buster) and The Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. His father was a pastor who developed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York into the largest Protestant congregation in the U.S.

Adam’s parents were both black. Both also had European ancestry. Adam was also described as having some degree of Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Sally Clayton Dunning (the daughter of Mildred). Mildred was the daughter of Hannah.

Adam’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Buster and Eliza Wilson.

Source: Genealogy of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. –

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