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George Moscone
George Moscone

Born

November 24, 1929

Died

November 27, 1978 (aged 49)

Occupation

Politician

Notable for

City supervisor (1963–66)
California State Senator (1967–76)
Mayor of San Francisco (1976–78)

George Moscone was a Democratic Party politician. An attorney by trade, he became involved in politics and was a member of the Board of Supervisors and the California Senate prior to becoming elected Mayor of San Francisco in 1976. Moscone's tenure as Mayor saw him advocate for a city-wide ballot initiative to hold district elections for the Board of Supervisors. He was the first mayor in the city's history to appoint a vast amount of women, gays and lesbians, and racial minorities to city postings. Moscone also prevented the San Francisco Giants from moving to Toronto.

Moscone survived a recall election in 1977. That same year, his push for district elections for the Board of Supervisors was successfully, as the ballot initiative passed. One of the newly elected supervisors was Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California, and former police officer Dan White.

In 1978, supervisor Dan White resigned from the board, but later requested that his resignation be withdrawn. Recognizing that he would have a board that was more supportive of his initiatives if he could appoint a replacement, Moscone ultimately declined to reinstate White. As a result, White shot and killed Moscone, as well as Harvey Milk, in their City Hall offices.

Moscone is remembered as a gay rights icon by the LGBT community. The Moscone Center in SOMA, the Moscone Recreation Center, and the George Moscone Elementary school are all named in his memory.

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