Hatcher, Richard

Hatcher, Richard (Gordon)

(1933–  ) lawyer, mayor; born in Michigan City, Ind. Much involved in Gary, Ind., politics as deputy prosecuter and city councilor (1963–66), he became the city's mayor (1968–88), one of the first African-American mayors of a large city. In 1988, he became president of R. Gordon Hatcher & Associates. He failed in a 1991 bid to regain the mayoralty.
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