Joseph S. Cotter
*Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., was born on this date in 1861. He was a Black poet, educator, and playwright.
From an area near Bardstown, in Nelson County Kentucky, his white father, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, was Micheil J. Cotter. His mother, Martha Vaughn Cotter, was Black; and the two were never a couple. Young Cotter learned to read at the age of three, but called off his formal education in third grade to work and help his poverty-stricken family. He picked rags as a young boy, and later worked as a teamster, in the distillery and tobacco business.