Frances Blascoer, a settlement worker, served as the NAACP’s first secretary from February 1910 to March 1911. Blascoer traveled to South Carolina to meet with Pink Franklin’s black attorneys, John Adams and Jacob Moorer, and South Carolina’s governor Martin Ansel. She persuaded Adams and Moorer to withdraw so that Franklin could assign power of attorney to the NAACP. She then hired two influential white attorneys, Claude E. Sawyer and B.A. Hagood, to represent Franklin before the Supreme Court and in procuring a pardon. Blascoer resigned as secretary after a dispute with W.E.B. Du Bois over finances for The Crisis, the NAACP monthly magazine that Du Bois edited.