David Dinkins

David Norman Dinkins (July 10, 1927 – November 23, 2020) was an American politician, lawyer, and author who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993, becoming the first African American to hold the office.

David Dinkins
106th Mayor of New York City
In office
January 1, 1990  December 31, 1993
Preceded byEd Koch
Succeeded byRudy Giuliani
23rd Borough President of Manhattan
In office
January 1, 1986  December 31, 1989
Preceded byAndrew Stein
Succeeded byRuth Messinger
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 78th district
In office
1966
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byEdward A. Stevenson Sr.
Personal details
Born
David Norman Dinkins

(1927-07-10)July 10, 1927
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 23, 2020(2020-11-23) (aged 93)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
(m. 1953; died 2020)
Children2
EducationHoward University (BS)
Brooklyn Law School (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1945–1946

Before entering politics, Dinkins was among the more than 20,000 Montford Point Marines, the first African-American U.S. Marines; he served from 1945 to 1946.[1] He graduated cum laude from Howard University[2] and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1956. A longtime member of Harlem's Carver Democratic Club, Dinkins began his electoral career by serving in the New York State Assembly in 1966, eventually advancing to Manhattan borough president[3] before becoming mayor. After leaving office, Dinkins joined the faculty of Columbia University while remaining active in municipal politics.


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