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Percy Ellis Sutton was a prominent black American political and business leader. A civil-rights activist and lawyer, he was also a Freedom Rider and the legal representative for Malcolm X. He was the highest-ranking African-American elected official in New York City when he was Manhattan borough president from 1966 to 1977, the longest tenure at that position. He later became an entrepreneur whose investments included the New York Amsterdam News and the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

21st Manhattan Borough President
In office
September 13, 1966 – December 31, 1977
Preceded by Constance Baker Motley
Succeeded by Andrew Stein
Personal details
Born Percy Ellis Sutton
(1920-11-24)November 24, 1920
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died December 26, 2009(2009-12-26) (aged 89)
New York City, New York, USA
Resting place Gates of Heaven Memorial Cemetery in San Antonio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leatrice Sutton (1943–2009, his death)
Alma mater Prairie View A&M University
Tuskegee Institute
Hampton Institute
Columbia Law School
Brooklyn Law School
Occupation Civil-rights activist, entrepreneur, lawyer
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps
Years of service 1941-1945
Rank Captain
Battles/wars

World War II

Percy Ellis Sutton (November 24, 1920 – December 26, 2009) was a prominent black American political and business leader. A civil-rights activist and lawyer, he was also a Freedom Rider and the legal representative for Malcolm X. He was the highest-ranking African-American elected official in New York City when he was Manhattan borough president from 1966 to 1977, the longest tenure at that position. He later became an entrepreneur whose investments included the New York Amsterdam News and the Apollo Theater in Harlem.