Who was the first African-American mayor of San Francisco?

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Was there an African-American mayor before Willie Brown? I heard that there was one about the year 1859.

-- James Jones (James.E.Jones@worldnet.att.net), January 20, 1998


You're probably thinking of William A. Leidesdorff, a major player in pre-Gold Rush San Francisco. A native of the Virgin Islands, he held numerous civic positions and sat on the City Council but was never mayor.

Check out this link for a beter bio: http://www.sfmuseum.org/bio/leidesdorff.html Anon

-- anon (anon@post.net), January 23, 1998.

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