Anthony J. Celebrezze: Italian of the Week

Dec 06, 2015 443

On September 4, 1910, Anthony J. Celebrezze was born in Anzi, Italy. When he was two years old, he and his family moved to the United States and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. When he was a teenager, Anthony began to work on a railroad. He decided to continue his education and attended John Carroll University and Ohio Northern University, graduating with his law degree in 1936. He passed the Ohio bar the same year and joined the Ohio Unemployment Commission shortly after that. When World War II erupted, Anthony served in the United States Navy.

After the war ended, Anthony returned to Ohio and to a life of public service. In 1950, he ran for an Ohio Senate seat and won. Even though he won reelection in 1952, he decided to resign his seat. It was then that he decided his hometown of Cleveland needed him most. He successfully campaigned for mayor of the city and served until 1962.

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