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Cayton Revels House

FROM LANDMARK NOMINATION by Taha Ebrahimi: Horace Roscoe Cayton, his wife Susie Sumner Revels Cayton, and their family lived at 518 14th Avenue East from 1902 to 1909. The Caytons were one of only three Black American families living in today’s definition of Capitol Hill before racial restrictive covenants barred non-white residents in 1927. Born into slavery in Mississippi, Cayton moved to Seattle in 1890. Horace Cayton edited the first Black-owned newspaper in the city and, following disputes with the publisher, established the second and most influential Black-owned paper of the period, the Seattle Republican . His wife, Susie Revels Cayton was the daughter of the first Black American to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and she joined him as the paper's associate editor, becoming_ Seattle’s first female editor until the paper ceased operation in 1913. Together, because of their business and political involvements, the Caytons were one of the most well-known Black American families in Seattle at the turn of the 20th century. The years they ran the Seattle Republican and lived on Capitol Hill at 518 14th Avenue East mark their rise and fall in fortune, parallel to that of Black Americans in Seattle more broadly.

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