William D. Kelley

A founder of the Republican Party, Kelley gained national attention when he gave a speech against expanding slavery into the territories. He was considered to be a man of strict principles, who advocated for the recruitment of black troops in the Civil War and for extending the franchise to them afterwards. Kelley served on the Union League Committee supporting the raising of African American troops and establishment of Camp William Penn. Along with Thaddeus Stevens, Kelley use his political leverage to helped Catto end public transit segregation and achieve Pennsylvania’s ratify the 14th and 15th Amendments. Kelley also introduced a bill which gave voting rights to blacks in Washington, D.C. and supported the impeachment of Andrew Jackson. The William D. Kelley public school in North Philadelphia was named in his honor.