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First Portuguese Mayor, San Leandro, CASan Leandro also gained attention when the town council elected Mrs. Helen L. C. Lawrence (née Silveira) their chair and the town's mayor. Mrs. Lawrence, who was born in Portugal and came to the United States when she was a young girl, had the distinction of being the first Portuguese mayor in the United States. Portrayed here is the San Leandro town council in April 1942, with Mrs. Lawrence presiding at the center of this male-dominated chamber. One other council member, Mr. Anthony B. Thomas, the first on the left, is also of Portuguese descent.
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