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BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 14.
William H. Gray was elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives.
He graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1959 and enrolled in Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology.
In 1972, Gray succeeded his father as the senior minister at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, succeeding not only his father but also his grandfather, who had founded the 4,000-member church.
He was elected as a Democrat to represent Philadelphia in the United States House of Representatives in 1978.
Throughout his tenure, he was dedicated to promoting civil rights and economic advancement in Philadelphia, the United States, and the world.
With his ascent to Majority Whip, the third-ranking leadership position in the House, Gray became the highest-ranking African American in congressional history.
Outside politics he was also a businessman who has been a director at Dell, J.P. Morgan, Chase & Co., Prudential Financial Inc., Rockwell International Corporation, Visteon Corporation and Pfizer.
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