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Tom Bradley was a lawyer and police officer who became the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1973 to 1993.
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Born on December 29, 1917, in Calvert, Texas, Tom Bradley pursued a career as a police officer and attorney before entering politics, becoming the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles in 1973. He oversaw much of the city’s growth and development as a commercial and residential hub, and successfully campaigned for the city to host the 1984 Olympics. Bradley died on September 29, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.
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