Gordon S. Clinton

Gordon S. Clinton
Gordon S. Clinton
43rd Mayor of Seattle
In office
Preceded by Allan Pomeroy
Succeeded by James d'Orma Braman
Personal details
Born April 13, 1920 (1920-04-13) (age 91)
Medicine Hat, Alberta[1]
Religion Methodist

Gordon S. Clinton (born April 13, 1920) was the 43rd mayor of Seattle. After defeating incumbent Mayor Allen Pomeroy in a close election in 1956, Clinton served two terms, from 1956 to 1964. Upon taking office, Clinton established the Metropolitan Problems Advisory Committee, headed by local community leader John Ellis, to suggest approaches to dealing with chronic local and regional problems. During his administration, Clinton tackled issues as divergent as regional governance, international trade, and discrimination in housing.

Clinton actively supported development of enabling legislation used by the Washington State Legislature to allow creation of regional governments, leading to the formation of the Metropolitan Municipality of Seattle (Metro) in 1958. Clinton also established Seattle's first sister city relationship (with Kobe, Japan) in 1956, supported the development of the current Seattle Center site for the World's Fair in 1962, and fought illegal gambling in Seattle.[citation needed] In 1963, Clinton created the 12-member Seattle Human Rights Commission to promote equality and understanding among Seattle residents.[1]


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Preceded by
Allan Pomeroy
Mayor of Seattle
Succeeded by
James d'Orma Braman