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Tom Bradley (1917–98) was the thirty-eighth mayor of Los Angeles, California. He was Los Angeles's longest [Page 214]serving mayor, with a tenure of twenty years from 1973 to 1993. During his mayorship, Bradley ran for California governor twice in the 1982 and 1986 elections. Bradley is the first and only African American mayor for the city of Los Angeles.
Bradley was born on December 29, 1917, in Calvert, Texas, to poor sharecroppers. He along with his four siblings began the move out west to Arizona then finally California to pick cotton in 1924. Bradley attended Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, where he broke color barriers as the first African American to be inducted into the Ephebians honor society. While in high school, he was recognized ...