James P. Gleason


James P. Gleason

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name = James P. Gleason


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birth_date = 1921
birth_place = Cleveland, Ohio
death_date = 2008
death_place = Rockville, Maryland
party = Republican
residence = Rockville, Maryland
occupation = Attorney and Local Politician
spouse = Georgette Gleason
office = Delegate, Maryland Constitutional Convention
term_start = 1967
term_end = 1968
office2 = Montgomery County Council
term_start2 = 1968
term_end2 = 1970
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office3 = Montgomery County Executive
term_start3 = 1970
term_end3 = 1978
predecessor3 = none
successor3 = Charles W. Gilchrist
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James P. Gleason was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921 and received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1950. He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Richard Nixon, administrative assistant to Senator Knowland, consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Assistant Administrator of NASA, and as a member of many other task forces and committees. He was also chairman of both the Washington Suburban Transit Commission and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. In 1968, he was appointed to the Montgomery County Council, and in 1970, Gleason, a Republican, was elected as the first Montgomery County Executive in an overwhelmingly Democratic district.

Gleason's tenure was marked by an extensive reorganization of County government in 1972 and by conflicts with the County Council and County citizens. Loath to compromise, he threatened to withhold Montgomery County funds from Metrorail, which he had helped plan and which he avidly supported, unless it promised to build two lines into the County. He refused to play party politics, and instead appointed department heads and staff with an even-handedness based on merit. In 1978, despite assured reelection, he announced his retirement from politics to pursue a writing career.

References

* [http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/36loc/mo/former/html/msa14147.html "James P. Gleason, County Executive"] . "Maryland State Archives". June 17, 2004.
* Sullivan, Patricia. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/15/AR2008091503015.html "James P. Gleason, 86; Force for Change in Montgomery County"] . "The Washington Post". September 16, 2008. Page B06.


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