University of Wisconsin–Madison

William Green, first African-American graduate

William Green

After graduating from UW Law School in 1892, William Green (1860-1911) practiced law in Milwaukee and was a leader in the community’s civil rights movement. In Howell v. Litt, he became the first black attorney to argue (and win) a case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The case led to the creation of the Wisconsin Civil Rights Act of 1895.

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