In 1867, the area of Compton, California was settled by thirty pioneer families led by Griffith Dickenson Compton. That region of Los Angeles County would be named after the leader of the settlers and was the eighth place to become incorporated within the county.
The first black families came to the city just before World War II.
I'm a Virginia historian and legal expert who is related to individuals who rode on the Mayflower ship, American founding father George Mason IV, three Union veterans from the U.S. Civil War, two of whom marched with General Sherman to Atlanta, two Confederate veterans, and President Theodore Roosevelt’s and Franklin Roosevelt’s family.
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