CHESNUTT, CHARLES WADDELL (20 June 1858-15 Nov. 1932) was an AFRICAN AMERICAN author and lawyer who dealt with sensitive issues, like race, from an African American point of view. Born in Cleveland to Andrew J. and Maria Chesnutt, the family moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where the Chesnutts had family ties. Charles graduated from Howard School at 16 and additionally studied German, French, and Greek. He taught himself stenography to make a living. Chesnutt became a teacher in black schools in North Carolina, and at 19 was assistant principal of the New Fayetteville Normal School, and later its principal. He kept a journal, from which he would draw for his writing. Chesnutt returned to Cleveland in 1883; he worked as a stenographer for Judge SAMUEL WILLIAMSON and studied law. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1887 and served as a court reporter to support his family and writing.