The longtime Democrat who served as Metropolis Council president and later within the U.S. Home of Representatives died on Could 2 on the age of 90.
CLEVELAND — One in all Cleveland’s most outstanding politicians is ready to be laid to his last relaxation this weekend.
A funeral for James V. Stanton has been scheduled for this Saturday morning in North Bethesda, Maryland. The previous metropolis council president and United States congressman “died peacefully” on May 2 on the age of 90.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Stanton went from Holy Identify Excessive College in Parma Heights to the U.S. Air Drive, serving in the course of the Korean Conflict. After receiving has bachelor’s diploma from the College of Dayton, he returned residence and was elected to Metropolis Council a yr later, starting a tenure of greater than a decade on the native legislative physique.
In 1964, Stanton led a motion that ended with the ouster of longtime Council President Jack P. Russell, thought of one of America’s last political “bosses.” He took over Russell’s highly effective place throughout a time of nice change in Cleveland, and he and Mayor Carl Stokes have been recognized for his or her public clashes that always had unlucky racial undertones.
“The feud typically took the type of confrontations over concrete points, reminiscent of public housing on the West Aspect, however as a rule the variations have been private relatively than political,” former political aide Dan Folster wrote for The Harvard Crimson again in 1971. “Stanton was in a position to preserve a stable majority of white Democrats and Republicans in Council who adopted a coverage of opposing and embarrassing the Mayor on each situation. Stokes in flip misplaced no alternative to accuse Stanton and his cohorts of blatant racism.”
Regardless of such allegations, Stanton did take pleasure in significantly better relations with different highly effective Black politicians like George L. Forbes and Stokes’ brother, Louis. In 1970, Stanton joined the latter Stokes sibling within the U.S. Home of Representatives, upsetting longtime Rep. Michael A. Feighan within the Democratic major and cruising to a common election victory within the previous deep blue twentieth District.
Stanton would three phrases within the Home and kind a friendship with Majority Chief (and later Speaker) Tip O’Neill. His most notable position might have are available in 1975, when he chaired a subcommittee investigating the activities of the CIA.
In 1976, Stanton selected to vacate his seat and run for the U.S. Senate, however misplaced within the Democratic major to eventual common election winner Howard Metzenbaum. Aside from a brief bid for DNC chairman in 1988, it will be his final foray into elected politics, and the Cleveland-Marshall Faculty of Regulation alum would spent a lot of the rest of his life as a non-public legal professional and lobbyist in each New York state and the Washington, D.C. space.
Stanton was preceded in loss of life by his spouse Peggy and is survived by 4 youngsters and 16 grandchildren. His Catholic funeral Mass is ready for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at The Chapel of Our Woman of Lourdes at Georgetown Preparatory College, with burial to comply with at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.