Mayor Carl T. Langford and the Orlando City Council


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Mayor Carl T. Langford and the Orlando City Council

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Mayor Langford and City Council


Orlando (Fla.)
City councils--United States


Mayor Carl T. Langford (1918-2011) and members of the Orlando City Council. Standing from left to right are District 2 City Commissioner Shelton Adams, District 3 City Commissioner Thomas M. Brownlee, District 1 City Commissioner Donald L. Crenshaw and District 4 City Commissioner Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy. Seated from left to right are a contractor, Mayor Carl Thomas Langford and Grace Ann Chewning. Kennedy was the first African-American city commissioner for Orlando. Chewning was the city clerk and the wife of the Orlando Police Department's (OPD) Chief of Police, Robert Joseph Chewning.

Langford was elected to the Office of Mayor on March 7, 1967, to fill the vacancy left when Mayor Bob Carr (1899-1967) died in office. Mayor Langford served through 1980. A businessman, Mayor Langford played a significant role in expanding Orlando with the installation of the Orlando International Airport. He also served as mayor during the Civil Rights Movement and played a role in integrating the city. Mayor Langford promoted the inclusion of African Americans in the city police academy. He also created a policy that allowed African Americans to become firemen, making Orlando the first city in the state to have African-American firefighters.


Original color photograph: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Orlando City Hall, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1970

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Digital reproduction of original color photograph.

Is Part Of

Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Orlando City Hall, Orlando, Florida.
Orlando City Hall Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Orlando City Hall, Downtown Orlando, Florida

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Civics/Government Teacher

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Copyright to this resource is held by Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Orlando Remembered


Slauscius, Bree
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Object Record. 2005.008.0011." Orange County Regional History Center, accessed January 30, 2016.
Schlueb, Mark. "Carl Langford remembered as Orlando mayor who loved city, a good prank." The Orlando Sentinel, July 14, 2011. Accessed February 1, 2016.
Schlueb, Mark and Weiner, Jeff. "Carl Langford: Former Orlando mayor led city during period of tremendous growth." The Orlando Sentinel, July 9, 2011. Accessed March 10, 2016.
Langford, Carl. Hizzoner the Mayor. Orlando, Fla: Chateau Pub, 1976.


“Mayor Carl T. Langford and the Orlando City Council,” RICHES, accessed February 21, 2024,