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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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U.S. Congressman
    (November 29, 1908-April 4, 1972)
    US Representative from New York (1945-71)
    Chaired the House Education and Labor Committee (1961-67)
    Democrat
    He was married and divorced three times.
    He forced Bayard Rustin to resign from the Southern Christian Leadership Council by threatening to publicize Rustin's arrest for public indecency to Congress.
    He was found guilty of slandering a constituent (1963) but refused to pay the judgment amount.
    He was found guilty of contempt of court and a warrant was issued for his arrest, so that he was unable to return to his district.
    Instead, he spent his time at resorts in Florida and the Bahamas.
    A House investigation concluded that he had misappropriated $46,000 in government funds for personal use.
    The House voted to expel him and ordered a special election to fill his seat (March 1, 1967).
    He organized mass meetings, boycotts, and public campaigns to force stores, utilities, Harlem Hospital and the 1939 World's Fair to begin hiring black workers.
    He was the first black elected to the New York City Council (1941).
    He successfully challenged the informal ban on black representatives using the House restaurant and other Capitol Hill facilities.
    Presidents Kennedy and Johnson said he had been critical in passing 48 pieces of social welfare and civil rights legislation.
    He won the special election to fill his vacated seat (April 11, 1967), but the House refused to allow him in.
    The Supreme Court ruled that the House had acted unconstitutionally in excluding Powell after his election (1969).

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    In 2015, Out of 339 Votes: 52.21% Annoying
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    In 2013, Out of 138 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
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    In 2011, Out of 301 Votes: 76.74% Annoying
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