Susie Sumner Revels-Cayton was the daughter of Hiram Revels, the first U.S. Senator of African descent. Cayton was an educated woman who set her eyes on moving to Seattle, Washington, from Mississippi in 1896. The reason for moving was because Susie knew her future husband, publisher of The Seattle Republican, Horace Roscoe Cayton, was in the area. The two were married in 1896.
Cayton set out to become a prominent leader throughout the black community. She was named associate editor of The Seattle Republican and later worked as a contributing editor to Cayton’s Weekly. Horace Cayton often credited his wife with much of the success in newspaper editions.
She was an active member of cultural and social organizations designed to improve the conditions of African Americans, including the “Sunday Forum,” a group of black Seattleites that met on a regular basis. Along with three other black women, Susie Cayton founded the Dorcas Charity Club in response to an urgent plea to help a set of abandoned twins. She carried on her work for many years.
After the death of her beloved husband, she moved to Chicago. She died in 1943.