On July 15, 1970 James H. McGee made history as the first black mayor of Dayton, Ohio.
James McGee broke many color barriers throughout his political career. Before jumping into politics and social activism, McGee pursued higher education. He earned a degree from Wilberforce University, before serving in the U.S army. Shortly after, he attended law school at Ohio State University. Using his new found knowledge and passion for law and justice, McGee began a career in politics in the 1960s. In 1967, McGee was selected to replace Don Crawford, becoming Dayton’s first black city commissioner. 3 years later, he became the first black mayor of Dayton, Ohio in 1970.
McGee died in 2006 at the age of 87.