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Urban League
Politician members in Florida

  Wilhelmina F. Adams (1901-1987) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Key West, Monroe County, Fla., January 31, 1901. Democrat. Florist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944, 1964; member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945-51. Female. Protestant. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League; Tammany Hall; Order of the Eastern Star. Died in May, 1987 (age 86 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Thomas F. Adams and Mary F. (Peck) Adams.
  Max Berking (1917-1997) — of Rye, Westchester County, N.Y.; North Port, Sarasota County, Fla. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., July 27, 1917. Democrat. Advertising executive; member of New York state senate 30th District, 1965; chair of Westchester County Democratic Party, 1971-75. Congregationalist. Member, Urban League. Died, of lung cancer, in Alford, Berkshire County, Mass., September 24, 1997 (age 80 years, 59 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Dorothy Noyes and Frances Bauman.
Shirley Chisholm Shirley Anita Chisholm (1924-2005) — also known as Shirley Chisholm; Shirley Anita St. Hill — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., November 30, 1924. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly, 1965-68 (Kings County 17th District 1965, 45th District 1966, 55th District 1967-68); U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1969-83; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980; Honorary Co-Chair, 1984; speaker, 1988. Female. Methodist. African ancestry. Member, League of Women Voters; NAACP; Americans for Democratic Action; National Organization for Women; Urban League; Delta Sigma Theta. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1993. Died in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Fla., January 1, 2005 (age 80 years, 32 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  Relatives: Daughter of Charles Christopher St. Hill and Ruby (Seale) St. Hill; married, October 8, 1949, to Conrad Chisholm; married, November 26, 1977, to Arthur Hardwick, Jr.
  Cross-reference: Bevan Dufty
  Campaign slogan: "Unbought and unbossed."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Josephus Eggelletion Jr. (b. 1949) — of Lauderdale Lakes, Broward County, Fla. Born in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., April 23, 1949. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 94th District, 1993-. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League. Still living as of 1999.
  James R. Ford (1925-2017) — of Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla. Born in Leon County, Fla., December 1, 1925. Mayor-commissioner of Tallahassee, Florida, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1982-83. African ancestry. Member, Urban League. First Black mayor of Tallahassee; also first Black mayor of any U.S. state capital city. Died October 11, 2017 (age 91 years, 314 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Addie L. Greene (b. 1943) — of Mangonia Park, Palm Beach County, Fla. Born in Black Creek, Choctaw County, Ala., January 21, 1943. Democrat. Mayor of Magnolia Park, Fla., 1991-92; member of Florida state house of representatives 84th District, 1993-. Female. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha; NAACP; Urban League. Still living as of 1999.
  Edward J. Healey (1924-2000) — of Florida. Born in Elmhurst, Queens, Queens County, N.Y., July 26, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1974-80, 1982-84, 1986-2000 (81st District 1974-80, 86th District 1982-84, 1986-2000); defeated, 1972 (81st District), 1980 (81st District), 1984 (86th District); died in office 2000. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Association of Retired Persons; Audubon Society; American Legion; Nature Conservancy; Sierra Club; Urban League; Common Cause. While attending a primary victory rally for Al Gore, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, and died the next day at a hospital at Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., March 15, 2000 (age 75 years, 233 days). Burial location unknown.
  Elijah Pat Larkins (1942-2009) — also known as E. Pat Larkins — of Pompano Beach, Broward County, Fla. Born April 29, 1942. Mayor of Pompano Beach, Fla., 1985. African ancestry. Member, Urban League; NAACP; Kiwanis. Died, from brain cancer, in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Fla., February 14, 2009 (age 66 years, 291 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens North, Pompano Beach, Fla.
  Relatives: Married 1962 to Bettye Lamar.
  Alfred J. Lawson Jr. (b. 1948) — also known as Al Lawson — of Florida. Born in Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., September 21, 1948. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 8th District, 1983-. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League. Still living as of 1999.
  Willie F. Logan (b. 1957) — of Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County, Fla., February 16, 1957. Member of Florida state house of representatives 103rd District, 1983-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 2000. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Sigma; Alpha Kappa Psi; Alpha Phi Omega; Urban League; NAACP. Still living as of 2000.
  William Thacher Longstreth (1920-2003) — also known as W. Thacher Longstreth — of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Haverford, Delaware County, Pa., November 4, 1920. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; advertising business; candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1955, 1971. Quaker. Member, Urban League. Died, of a pulmonary embolism, while hospitalized for pneumonia and suffering from Parkinson's disease, in Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Collier County, Fla., April 11, 2003 (age 82 years, 158 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Collins Longstreth and Nella (Thacher) Longstreth; married, June 21, 1941, to Anne Strawbridge Claghorn.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Lesley Miller Jr. (b. 1951) — also known as Les Miller — of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla. Born in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla., April 21, 1951. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 59th District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000, 2004. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; Urban League; Freemasons; NAACP. Still living as of 2004.
  Charles Poletti (1903-2002) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Barre, Washington County, Vt., July 2, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1936 (alternate), 1940; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1937-38; appointed 1937; delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1938; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1939-42; defeated, 1942; Governor of New York, 1942-43; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Baptist. Italian ancestry. Member, Urban League; American Bar Association; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Phi Beta Kappa. First American of Italian ancestry to serve as a Governor. During World War II, he was a senior officer in the Allied Military Government of occupied Italy. Died in Marco Island, Collier County, Fla., August 7, 2002 (age 99 years, 36 days). Interment at Calkins Cemetery, Elizabethtown, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Jean Knox Ellis.
  The Charles Poletti Power Plant (opened 1977, renamed for Poletti 1982, shut down 2010), in Astoria, Queens, New York, was named for him.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alzo J. Reddick (b. 1937) — of Orlando, Orange County, Fla. Born in Alturas, Polk County, Fla., November 15, 1937. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 39th District, 1983-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; Urban League. Still living as of 1999.
  Nelis J. Saunders (b. 1923) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Orlando, Orange County, Fla., September 3, 1923. Democrat. Candidate for Michigan state senate 4th District, 1964; member of Michigan state house of representatives 11th District, 1969-72; defeated in primary, 1960 (Wayne County 11th District), 1962 (Wayne County 11th District), 1965 (24th District), 1966 (11th District), 1972 (20th District), 1974 (21st District). Female. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Urban League; NAACP; Order of the Eastern Star. Still living as of 1974.
  James Castle Turner (c.1917-1996) — also known as J. C. Turner; "Mr. Labor" — of Washington, D.C. Born in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Tex., about 1917. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1952 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1956, 1960, 1964. Member, Urban League. President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, 1975-85. Died, after a series of strokes, in Day Shore Convalescent Center, North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Fla., April 13, 1996 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  Leslie Waters (b. 1947) — of Pinellas County, Fla. Born in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla., 1947. Republican. Member of Florida state house of representatives 51st District, 1999-. Female. Methodist. Member, Pi Beta Phi; Urban League. Still living as of 1999.
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