Sangamon County history: Was George W. Ford a descendant of George Washington? – News – The State Journal-Register

Maj. George W. Ford was a rarity — an African-American who held a supervisory position in early 20th-century Sangamon County.

Ford also was an outspoken opponent of the Ku Klux Klan, a friend of both W.E.B. DuBois and Theodore Roosevelt, and a “Buffalo Soldier.” And family tradition says he was a descendant of George Washington.

Ford was superintendent of Camp Butler National Cemetery from 1906 to 1930. Superintendents were required to have been wounded in service and to have received honorable discharges. Ford was one of the first African-Americans appointed a national cemetery superintendent anywhere in the nation.

His military career began when he enlisted in the 10th U.S. Cavalry in 1867. The 10th, one of several all-black regiments known as the Buffalo Soldiers, was formed…

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