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Marion Barry


Washington D.C.'s "Mayor For Life"

Marion Barry is an American politician who served three consecutive terms as Washington D.C.’s second elected mayor, from 1979 to 1991. After some controversy, including an arrest on drug charges and six months of incarceration, he was again elected as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999.

Prior to his post as mayor, Barry lobbied against racial segregation and discrimination. He joined the Civil Rights movement and fought for the elimination of the racial segregation of bus passengers. Today, Barry serves on the Council of the District of Columbia.


  • March 6, 1936: Marion Barry was born
  • 1974: Elected as a member to Washington D.C.’s first elected City Council
  • 1979: Elected as mayor of Washington D.C.
  • 1995: For the fourth time, Barry was elected mayor of Washington D.C.

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