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J. William Hornsby

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John William Hornsby Jr. (September 15, 1927 – September 14, 2007) was the mayor of Newport News, Virginia from July 1, 1970 to June 30, 1974. His term saw the rise of Jessie Rattley's voice as a leader in the local African-American community that would lead to her serving as mayor twelve years later.[1]


  1. Heinatz, Stephanie (2007-09-15). "Hornsby, former mayor of Newport News, dies". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2009-03-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
Preceded by
Donald M. Hyatt
Mayor of Newport News
Succeeded by
Harry E. Atkinson

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