George Carroll (judge)

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George Carroll
George Carroll, Judge, former mayor of Richmond CA.jpg
Judge George D. Carroll
Judge of the Bay Municipal Court
In office
Appointed byPat Brown
Mayor of Richmond, California
In office
Preceded byGay Vargas
Succeeded byDavid Pierce
Personal details
Born(1922-01-06)January 6, 1922
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJanuary 14, 2016(2016-01-14) (aged 94)
Richmond, California

George Carroll (January 6, 1922 – January 14, 2016) was an American lawyer who was an important civic figure in Contra Costa County, California and the city of Richmond.[1]


Carroll was born on January 6, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York.[2][1] Later he served in the United States Military during World War II and subsequently attended college and law school by use of the G.I. Bill. He relocated to Contra Costa County, California in 1954.[1]

He was the first black lawyer in Richmond, California.[1] In 1961 Carroll became the first African American elected to the city council (1961–1964)[3] and later became the first black mayor of Richmond (1964–65)[3] or any large American city.[1] Afterwards George Carroll became the first black judge in Contra Costa when he was appointed to the Bay Municipal Court by Governor Pat Brown in 1965.[1][3]


The Richmond Courthouse and a park in the Pt. Richmond District are named in his honor.[1][4]


Carroll died in his sleep on January 14, 2016 in Richmond, California at the age of 94.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Richmond courthouse named for retired judge George Carroll,, February 24, 2009; accessed January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Richmond Courthouse renamed for Judge Carroll". George Miller Website. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Richmond's Black History Corner, city of Richmond, California website; accessdate January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Parks and park facilities, city of Richmond website, accessdate January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Richmond's first black mayor George Carroll dies at 94 Archived 2016-01-18 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed January 17, 2016.

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