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Seattle City Council appoints Floyd C. Miller as mayor of Seattle on March 23, 1969.

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On March 23, 1969, Floyd C. Miller (1902-1985) is appointed by the City Council as Mayor of Seattle to fill the term of Dorm Braman (1901-1980) who resigned to join the Nixon Administration as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Miller is the president of the City Council and announces that he will not be a candidate for mayor in the election the following November. Miller had been elected to the Seattle City Council three times and to the State Legislature seven times.

Some African American community leaders opposed Miller's appointment due to his past votes against open housing and against fluoridation (1968), but he also supported a Fair Employment Protection Bill and was once labeled by the Municipal League as "pink" (liberal). He was elected by unanimous voice vote on the second ballot. Miller served nine months and was succeeded by Wes Uhlman (b. 1935), who was elected in November 1969.

Sources:
Seattle Magazine, May 1969, pp. 21-26; The Seattle Times, March 26, 1969, p. 1; Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), 272.


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