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Harvey Bernard Gantt is an American
United States
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 architect and Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
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 politician
Politician
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 active in North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

. He was Mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987, and ran twice for the United States Senate
United States Senate
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In 1963, he was the first African American
African American
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 to be admitted to Clemson University
Clemson University
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 in South Carolina. He received a degree in architecture
Architecture
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 with Honors from Clemson and a Master's degree in City Planning from MIT.

From 1974 until 1983, Gantt served on the Charlotte City Council. He was then elected and re-elected as the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2010, Charlotte's population according to the US Census Bureau was 731,424, making it the 17th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009...

, serving in that position from 1983 to 1987. He was defeated for a third term as mayor in 1987 by Sue Myrick. A Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
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, he staged two unsuccessful U.S. Senatorial campaigns against Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 Jesse Helms
Jesse Helms
Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. was a five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina who served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1995 to 2001...

 in 1990
United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990
The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1990 was held on 6 November 1990 as part of the nation-wide elections to the Senate. The general election was fought between the Republican incumbent Jesse Helms and the Democrat nominee Mayor of Charlotte Harvey Gantt...

 and in 1996
United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1996
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.

He manages a successful architectural practice, Gantt Huberman Architects, and remains active in politics, having served on the North Carolina Democratic Party
North Carolina Democratic Party
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 Executive Council, the Democratic National Committee
Democratic National Committee
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, and as chair of the National Capital Planning Commission
National Capital Planning Commission
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.

His daughter, Sonja Gantt, is a news anchor at WCNC-TV
WCNC-TV
WCNC-TV is the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 22 and is carried on cable channel 6 on most area cable systems. It is owned by the Belo Corporation...

 in Charlotte.

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