Tom Bradley

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Birthday
29, 1917
Birthplace
Calvert, TX
Death Date
Sep 29, 1998 (80)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
29, 1917
Birthplace
Calvert, TX
Death Date
Sep 29, 1998 (80)

About

The first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, California, an office which he held from 1973 to 1993. He had the longest tenure of any mayor in the city's history before the city passed established term limits in 1990.

Before Fame

He joined the LA Police Department in 1950, becoming one of just 400 or so black officers at the time.

Trivia

The supposed racial discrimination that seemed to cause his unexpected loss in the 1982 race for Governor gave rise to the political term "the Bradley effect", which was often used during the 2008 Presidential Elections.

Family Life

He married Ethel Arnold in 1941.

Associated With

In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale considered him for the vice presidential nomination.