Kenneth A. Gibson Politician

Kenneth Allen Gibson (born May 15, 1932, in Enterprise, Alabama) is an American Democratic Party politician, who was elected in 1970 as the 34th Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the largest city in the state. He was the first African American elected mayor of any major Northeastern U.S. city. He served from 1970 to 1986. Gibson studied civil engineering in college. Gibson worked as an engineer for the New Jersey Highway Department from 1950 to 1960. From 1960 to 1966, he was Chief Engineer for the Newark Housing Authority, and Chief Structural Engineer for the city from 1966 to 1970. When elected in 1970, Gibson noted that "Newark may be the most decayed and financially crippled city in the nation." He entered office as a reformer, alleging that the prior administration was corrupt. The same year that Gibson was elected, the previous mayor Hugh Addonizio was convicted of extortion and conspiracy. Gibson was also a representative of the city's large African-American population, many of whom were migrants or whose parents or grandparents had come North in the Great Migration. The city's industrial power had diminished sharply.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 15th, 1932
United States of America
Places lived
Alabama , United States of America
pop. 4,833,722 (2013)


1. New Jersey Institute of Technology Colleges/University

New Jersey Institute of Technology, also known as NJIT, is a public research university located in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, United States. NJIT is New Jersey's science and technology university. Centrally located in the greater New York metropolitan area, NJIT's campus is within walking distance of downtown Newark. New York City, 8 miles (12.9 km), and about twenty minutes away, is directly accessible from campus via the Newark City subway (the Warren St./NJIT station), and the PATH rapid transit system.

Institution info

Type Public school
2010. 67.5 mil. $
Institution colors
University Heights, 07102 - Newark, New Jersey
2010. 6,103
2009. 5,924
2011. 2,954
2010. 2,831
Acceptance rate
2010. 69.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 14 K $
2010. 13.4 K $
2009. 12.9 K $
2008. 12.5 K $
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Notable alumni by career
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People attended New Jersey Institute of Technology connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1948., Politician
b. 1935., Physicist
b. 1932., Academic
b. 1929., Military Person
b. 1934., Writer
b. 1923., Astronaut

Political engagements

Democratic Party

Party founded


Geographic scope

United States of America


Third Way
Social democracy
Social liberalism


Official web page

Wikipedia article

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the younger Republican Party. Tracing its origins back to the Democratic-Republican Party, the modern Democratic Party was founded around 1828. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the first being Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837; the most recent is the current president, Barack Obama, who has served since 2009. Since the 1930s, the party has promoted a social-liberal platform, supporting social justice and a mixed economy. Until the late 20th century the party had a powerful conservative and populist wing based in the rural South, which over time has greatly diminished. Today its Congressional caucus is composed mostly of progressives and centrists. As of the 113th Congress, following the 2012 elections, the Democratic Party holds a minority of seats in the House of Representatives and a majority of seats in the United States Senate, as well as a minority of state governorships and control of a minority of state legislatures.

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