Beverly O'Neill

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Beverly O'Neill
26th Mayor of Long Beach
In office
Preceded byErnie Kell
Succeeded byRobert "Bob" Foster
Personal details
Born (1930-09-08) September 8, 1930 (age 91)
Long Beach, California
Spouse(s)Bill O'Neill

Beverly Joy O'Neill (née Lewis; September 8, 1930) is an American politician. She served as mayor of Long Beach, California from 1994 to 2006.[1] She is the only three-term citywide elected mayor of Long Beach.[2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

O'Neill is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School,[5] and an alumnus of both California State University, Long Beach (B.A. 1952, M.A. 1956)[6] and USC (Ed.D. 1977).[7]

O'Neill's parents moved from South Dakota to Long Beach before she was born. She married her high school beau, Bill, in 1952.[8]

O'Neill spent 31 years at Long Beach City College, beginning as a music instructor and women's advisor, and rising to the level of superintendent-president.[5]

From 2005 to 2006, she served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.


  1. ^ "History".
  2. ^ "History".
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  4. ^ "Congressional Record".
  5. ^ a b "The Honorable Beverly O'Neill". California State University, Long Beach. 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Beverly O'Neill". 17 December 2014.
  7. ^ Archbold, Rich. "Beverly O'Neill's Love Of Long Beach As Strong As Ever As She Nears 90".
  8. ^ Wride, Nancy (16 July 2002). "Long Beach's Steel Magnolia". Los Angeles Times.

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