Lionel Wilson

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Birthday
14, 1915
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Feb 23, 1998 (82)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
14, 1915
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Feb 23, 1998 (82)

About

When he took office in 1977 as Oakland, California's forty-fifth mayor, this Democrat became the first African American politician to fill the position. He remained Mayor of Oakland until early 1991.

Before Fame

Before beginning his political career, he was a baseball pitcher for the Oakland Larks.

Trivia

Oakland's Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy was named in his honor.

Family Life

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he later relocated to Northern California, where he attended the University of California, Berkeley.

Associated With

He and Harold Washington were the first African American mayors of their respective cities (Oakland, California and Chicago, Illinois).