George Carroll (judge)

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Judge George D. Carroll

George Carroll (January 6, 1922 – January 14, 2016) was an American lawyer who was an important civic figure in Contra Costa County, California and the city of Richmond.[1]

Biography[edit]

Carroll was born on January 6, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York.[2][1] Later he served in the United States Military during World War II and subsequently attended college and law school by use of the G.I. Bill. He relocated to Contra Costa County, California in 1954.[1]

He was the first black lawyer in Richmond, California.[1] In 1961 Carroll became the first African American elected to the city council (1961–1964)[3] and later became the first black mayor of Richmond (1964–65)[3] or any large American city.[1] Afterwards George Carroll became the first black judge in Contra Costa when he was appointed to the Bay Municipal Court by Governor Pat Brown in 1965.[1][3]

Legacy[edit]

The Richmond Courthouse and a park in the Pt. Richmond District are named in his honor.[1][4]

Death[edit]

Carroll died in his sleep on January 14, 2016 in Richmond, California at the age of 94.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Richmond courthouse named for retired judge George Carroll, contracostatimes.com, February 24, 2009; accessed January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Richmond Courthouse renamed for Judge Carroll". George Miller Website. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Richmond's Black History Corner, city of Richmond, California website; accessdate January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Parks and park facilities, city of Richmond website, accessdate January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Richmond’s first black mayor George Carroll dies at 94, richmondstandard.com; accessed January 17, 2016.

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