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My father was teacher and principal at a segregated school in Evansville, Indiana.

I was the first African American (in the world!) to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics.

In 1925 when I received my Ph.D. from Cornell University, only 28 Ph.D.'s in mathematics were awarded in the United States, but 31 black men were lynched that same year.

After a brief four year stint at West Virginia State College, I joined the Howard University mathematics faculty and taught there the remainder of my life.

Regarded as a popular and respected teacher, I published only two research papers...such was not important relative to the other issues I had to face.

Answer: Elbert Frank Cox (1895-1969)