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Richard G. Hatcher

American politician

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Richard G. Hatcher: American politician
Richard Gordon Hatcher was an American politician who served as the first African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. At the time of his first election on November 7, 1967, he and Carl Stokes were the first African-Americans to be elected mayors of a city with more than 100,000 people. Hatcher also served as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in the early 1980s.

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Richard G. Hatcher, Ex-Mayor of Gary, Ind., and Champion of Urban and Black Issues, Dies at 86

Mr. Hatcher was one of the first two black people elected in 1967 as mayor of a large American city.
NYTimes.com - Published

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