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William Bryron Rumford

William Byron Rumford 
(February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986)

was a pharmacist who worked on this very
block. In 1948 he was elected to the California 
State assembly becoming the first African 
American elected to any public office in NOrthern 
California. He took the lead in passing California's 
major civil rights Acts, including the 1959 Fair 
Employment Practices Act and the 1963 
Rumford Fair Housing Act which them became models 
for national civil rights legislation. He has been ref-
erred to as the "Jackie Robinson" of politics.

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