Johnson, Jessica Grimm "Judy"(born: 1909 - died: 2003)
Jessica Grimm Johnson was born in Lexington, KY. When she was a child, her family moved to Clifton, OH, and she later moved to Buffalo, NY, with her husband, Ralph Johnson. Jessica Johnson is remembered as a trailblazer for African American woman in Buffalo and New York politics. She was secretary to the first woman elected to the Common Council; she was the first woman to become Director of the License Bureau in 1965; and she was a confidential aide to the Mayor, the first woman and African American to serve in the Mayor's inner cabinet. In 1968, she was elected Chair of the 13th Ward, Masten District Democratic Committee; and she was elected Assistant Treasurer of the New York Democratic Committee in 1973 and elected Treasurer in 1975. Johnson was the first African American woman to be appointed City Treasurer in 1976, the same year she became the first woman and African American to be elected Senior Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Party. For more see "Jessica Johnson, pioneer in city and state politics, dies at 94," Buffalo News, 09/26/2003, Local section, p. C4.