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Name:    Clay Sr. , William L.
Profession:  Politician
Category:  African-American Experience, Politics and Government
Born/Started:    1931
Description:    William L. Clay, Sr. was elected as MissouriĀ“s first African American congressman in 1968. He represented the 1st congressional district for 32 years. Clay retired after the 106th Congress in 2001 and was replaced by his son, William (Lacy) Clay, Jr.

Born in St. Louis, Clay earned degrees in history and political science from Saint Louis University. He was active in St. Louis politics and served for a number of years as an alderman from the 26th ward before being elected to Congress.

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