Clarence H. Burns

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Clarence H. Burns
45th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
January 1987 – December 1987
Preceded by William Donald Schaefer
Succeeded by Kurt Schmoke
Personal details
Born (1918-09-13)September 13, 1918
Baltimore, Maryland
Died January 12, 2003(2003-01-12) (aged 84)
Political party Democratic

Clarence H. "Du" Burns (September 13, 1918 – January 12, 2003) was a Democratic politician and mayor of Baltimore, Maryland in 1987.

Du Burns was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1971. In 1986, the then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer resigned after being elected Governor of Maryland. As City Council president, Burns was elevated to mayor in January 1987, becoming the first black mayor in the city's history.

In the 1987 city elections, Burns ran for a full term but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Kurt Schmoke. He ran again in 1991 with the same result.

In 1991 a new arena on the waterfront near Canton was named for "Du" Burns.

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Preceded by
William Donald Schaefer
Mayor of Baltimore
1987
Succeeded by
Kurt Schmoke