Lionel Wilson (politician)
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|Lionel J. Wilson|
|45th Mayor of Oakland|
July 1, 1977 – January 7, 1991
|Preceded by||John H. Reading|
|Succeeded by||Elihu M. Harris|
March 14, 1915|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||February 23, 1998
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Residence||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
Lionel J. Wilson (March 14, 1915 – February 23, 1998) was an African American political figure and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the first African American mayor of Oakland, California, serving three terms as mayor of Oakland from 1977 until 1991.
He attended UC Berkeley.
Wilson was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He, along with Allen Broussard, was also part of the coterie that used to gather at the pharmacy of William Byron Rumford, another important African American in Northern California politics.
Before his election as Oakland's mayor, Wilson served as presiding judge of the Alameda County Superior Court.
In 2002, Aspire Public Schools founded a small 6-12 grade school called Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy in Oakland. The high school located in Oakland was named after Lionel Wilson in his honor. Lionel Wilson as a show of respect has a large portrait located inside of the school. Also, at Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Terminal 2, which basically houses Southwest Airlines and their airplane flights, is named after Lionel J. Wilson. The official name of the terminal is called the Lionel J. Wilson Terminal.
Lionel Wilson died on February 23, 1998 of cancer; he was 82.
John H. Reading
|Mayor of Oakland, California
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