Re: [political-graveyard] Death of fmr. Mayor Leo E. Jackson (D-New London,CT)
The Mayor of New London is a city council member and does not run for the office of Mayor in the election,.
Scott Bill Hirst
20 Maple Court
Ashaway,RI 02804-1300 USA
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--- On Wed, 5/27/09, D.J. Jones <fieldmarshaldj@...> wrote:
From: D.J. Jones <fieldmarshaldj@...>
Subject: [political-graveyard] Death of fmr. Mayor Leo E. Jackson (D-New London,CT)
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 5:30 PM
Mayor Jackson served from 1979-80. He was claimed to be the first Black Mayor of any New England town. He died on 5/24/2009 in New London,CT.
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Leo Jackson, 1st black mayor in New England, dies
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Former New London Mayor Leo Jackson, credited with being the first black mayor in New England, has died. He was 83.
Jackson's election by fellow city councilors in 1979 drew national media coverage. He even got a call from President Jimmy Carter, who won Jackson's endorsement during a presidential primary election fight with Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1980.
Jackson was a Democrat who served a single one-year term as mayor, but stayed on the City Council until 1993. The Springfield, Mass., native worked at a submarine factory in Groton for nearly 30 years.
John MacDougall, of Byles Memorial Home, says Jackson died at his home in New London on Sunday night. The funeral home is handling Jackson's services, which have not be finalized. The cause of death was not released.
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'Good As Gold'
His appointment as new london mayor was historic, but freinds on both sides of the political aisle best remember Leo E. Jackson for his thoughtfulness and hard work.
By The Day Published on 5/27/2009
History will remember Leo E. Jackson as the first black mayor in New England, but what was truly extraordinary about the man who became New London's top politician in 1979 was his remarkable patience and trademark logical, moderate solutions.
Mr. Jackson died Sunday at the age of 83 at his Jefferson Avenue home. The lawn of that home, near Ashcraft Avenue, is a stellar location for political signs, and politicians coveted an endorsement from Mr. Jackson in hopes he would erect their signs in his yard.
A Democrat, Mr. Jackson occasionally spoke about his experiences with overt and covert racism that sometimes left him angry and even vengeful. But as he matured, Mr. Jackson learned to channel his emotions more effectively, which led to his reputation as a measured and deliberate thinker.
Members of all political persuasions found something to like about Mr. Jackson, and he garnered the respect of city dwellers from the north end to the south shore of New London.
"Leo Jackson was a gentle giant," said Superior Court Judge Robert A. Martin, who served in politics with him in the 1980s. "His word was as good as gold."
Others routinely sought Mr. Jackson's guidance and support, Judge Martin said.
Jay B. Levin, a longtime political figure in New London, said Mr. Jackson used his experiences as a black man to hone his political skills.
"He'd say the way to get around people's attitudes and misconceptions was performance, " said Mr. Levin. "And for Leo, that meant not losing control. He was always calm and thoughtful. The most contentious discussion could be going on and he would just sit there quietly and absorb it. Then, when it was over, he'd offer the most logical proposal, a proposal that had eluded everyone else."
New London is better off for the service of Mr. Jackson.
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- Right, but the mayor of New London is still eligible to be listed
regardless how elected or appointed.
On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 6:08 PM, Scott Bill Hirst
> The Mayor of New London is a city council member and does not run for the office of Mayor in the election,.
> Scott Bill Hirst
> 20 Maple Court
> Ashaway,RI 02804-1300 USA