The Seattle Republican
The front page of the January 19, 1910 edition
TypeWeekly newspaper
Founder(s)Horace R. Cayton Sr.
FoundedMay 19, 1894; 130 years ago (May 19, 1894)
CountryUnited States
OCLC number10328970

The Seattle Republican was a weekly newspaper in Seattle from 1894 to 1913,[1] and is considered Seattle's first successful African American newspaper.[2] Its founder, Horace R. Cayton Sr., was a former slave in the American South.[3] Clayton's wife, Susie Revels Cayton, was associate editor starting in 1900 and she contributed articles and short stories.[1] The newspaper sought to portray "the black race" in a positive manner and hoped to create harmony between races through open discussion of sensitive race issues. This upset white readership and likely contributed to the newspaper's closing.[1] The newspaper is part of the collection of the Library of Congress.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Martineau., Wagner, Tricia (2007). African American women of the Old West (1st ed.). Guilford, Conn.: TwoDot, an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 9780762739004. OCLC 70230638.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "About The Seattle Republican". Chronicling America. Washington, DC: Library of Congress. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Former slave becomes newspaper publisher". African American Registry. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Seattle Republican. [volume]".