Anthony J. Celebrezze Sr.
(09.04.10 – 10.29.98)
American Democratic politician who served as 49th mayor of Cleveland, OH and cabinet member with Kennedy & Johnson and U.S. appeals court judge.
CLICK HERE for PDF of The Plain Dealer 02.26.95 Article on his 45 years of service.
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CLICK HERE for the Letter Accepting Resignation of Anthony J. Celebrezze as Secretary of Health by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
CLICK HERE for the Anthony J. Celebrezze oral history transcript
CLICK HERE for letter from President John F. Kennedy, April 1, 1963
CLICK HERE for the Ohio Northern University - Alumni Feature: The Honorable Anthony J. Celebrezze, Sr.
CLICK HERE for the LIFE magazine image archive of Anthony J. Celebrezze and John F. Kennedy
CLICK HERE for the Anthony J. Celebreeze article in the 'This Is The Times: Cleveland Centennial' blog.
CLICK HERE for "My Days with JFK - Mayor Goes Fishing, Catches Cabinet Job" - The Cleveland Press - November 18, 1968
CLICK HERE for "My Days with JFK - John-John Eased Cuban Crisis Head" - The Cleveland Press - November 19, 1968
CLICK HERE for "My Days with JFK - The Kennedy Sense of Humor Is Remembered by Celebrezze" - The Cleveland Press - November 21, 1968
CLICK HERE for "My Days with JFK - Celebrezze Recalls Numbness, Tears After the Assassination" - The Cleveland Press - November 22, 1968
CLICK HERE for "Celebrezze Joins Newspaper 'Hall'" - Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLICK HERE for "Celebrezze Is Honored, Restates Faith in Fellow Man"
CLICK HERE for The Writ - "Judge Anthony J. Celebrezze: A Dedicated Public Servant" - Ohio Northern university College of Law - Spring 2004
CLICK HERE for Ohio Northern University - Law Review - Tributes to the Honorable Anthony J. Celebreeze - Volume XIX Number 4
CLICK HERE for Cleveland Plain Dealer - Full Honors for Celebrezze - James F. McCarty
CLICK HERE - Correspondence between Anthony J. Celebrezze and President John F. Kennedy donated by Richard Marco Sr.
CLICK HERE - Correspondence between Anthony J. Celebrezze and Robert F. Kennedy donated by Richard Marco Sr.
CLICK HERE - Correspondence between Anthony J. Celebrezze and President Lyndon B. Johnson donated by Richard Marco Sr.
CLICK HERE - Excerpts from Remarks of Anthony J. Celebrezze, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit: NEW DIMENSIONS IN PUBLIC LIFE
CLICK HERE for a letter from Danny Thomas to Anthony J. Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for Anthony J Celebrezze Obituary Editorial - The Plain Dealer - November 2, 1998
CLICK HERE for Celebrezze Easy Winner - November 4, 1953
CLICK HERE for Cleveland.com - Whatever happened to the $121 million makeover of Cleveland's Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building?
CLICK HERE for Anthony Celebrezze with Brothers August, Vincent and Joseph
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze Endowment Fund, Ohio Northern University
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze Fire Boat
CLICK HERE for Celebrezze Family History Prepared by Joseph A. Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for Cleveland Press Headline on Celebrezze Cabinet Appointment
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CLICK HERE for Eliis Island Medal of Honor, 5-19-1996
CLICK HERE for First Lady of Cleveland, Anne Celebrezze and Family
CLICK HERE for Letter from the Ohio Northern Alumnus, January 1963
CLICK HERE for Mayor Celebrezze to Ralph Locher
CLICK HERE for National Conference Christians & Jews Honor Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for Personal Note To John Celebrezze 1
CLICK HERE for Personal Note To John Celebrezze 2
CLICK HERE for President Kennedy, Tom Vail with HEW Secretary Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for President Kennedy with Mayor Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for President Kennedy's Remarks 7-31-1962
CLICK HERE for Mayor Celebrezze, Images from the Cleveland Press Collection
CLICK HERE for Mayor Anthony Celebrezze at the Cleveland Press ground breaking, Images from the Cleveland Press Collection
CLICK HERE for Mayor Anthony J. Celebrezze at Euclid Beach Park, Images from the Cleveland Press Collection
CLICK HERE for Mayor Celebrezze Greets John F. Kennedy, February 18, 1958, Images from the Cleveland Press Collection
CLICK HERE for Letter to Uncle Sal and Aunt Pearl - December 24, 1982
CLICK HERE for What Honor Is All About, from LaGazzetta Italiana, July 1995
CLICK HERE for Views of Mayor Celebrezze's Birthplace in Italy', Plain Dealer, circa 1954
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze 's Ohio Senate Seat from Father to Son, The Plain Dealer, circa 1975
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze 's 1954 Annual Report to the People of the City of Cleveland
CLICK HERE for "The Great Harvard Club Raid" a story involving Mayor Celebrezze's brother Frank, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 4, 2001
CLICK HERE for actual phone conversations between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Anthony J. Celebrezze during the latter's tenure as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. The pertinent dates to search for are March 9, 1964, March 25, 1964, May 27, 1964, and Nov. 3, 1964.
CLICK HERE for a Newsweek story on President John F. Kennedy's years in the White House following the president's assassination from the December 3, 1963 issue.
CLICK HERE for another story on the Kennedy administration, also from the December 3, 1963 issue of Newsweek.
CLICK HERE for a biography of Anthony J. Celebrezze from the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
CLICK HERE for a story on Anthony J. Celebrezze joining the Kennedy Administration as Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare, from JFK + 50.
CLICK HERE for information on the Cleveland Fire Department's fireboat Anthony J. Celebrezze, from the Cleveland Fire Fighters IAFF Local 93 site.
CLICK HERE for the New York Times obituary of Anthony J. Celebrezze.
CLICK HERE for information on the 2013 Final Round of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Appellate Advocacy Competition
CLICK HERE for the Wikipedia article on the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building.
CLICK HERE for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History's article on the Mayoral Administration of Anthony J. Celebrezze.
CLICK HERE for the Ohio Northern University Law Review's 1980 article honoring Anthony J. Celebrezze on his retirement from full-time duties on the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, from HeinOnline.
CLICK HERE for a biography of Anthony J. Celebrezze, Sr. on the Ohio History Central website.
CLICK HERE for the Social Security Administration's biography of Anthony J. Celebrezze.
CLICK HERE for "Celebrezze Fully Backs Medical Care", Utica N.Y., Daily Press, August 8, 1962
CLICK HERE for "Celebrezze Is Named U.S. Judge", Niagara Falls Gazette, July 27, 1965
CLICK HERE for a photo of John F. Kennedy with Mayor Celebrezze and Louise Winslow, Feb. 1958
Donated by Judge C. Ellen Connally, Cleveland Municipal Court (retired)
CLICK HERE for a photo of HEW Secretary Anthony J. Celebrezze, Labor Day Picnic at Euclid Beach, Sept. 6, 1964
Donated by Judge C. Ellen Connally, Cleveland Municipal Court, (retired
CLICK HERE for "Sit In at the Office of Anthony J. Celebrezze", Long Island Star Journal, October 30, 1964
CLICK HERE for "Dixie Mayor Felt Celebrezze Wrath", The Sunday Press, Binghamton, N.Y., July 15, 1962
CLICK HERE for "The Celebrezze Dynasty", The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH., 1983
CLICK HERE for Celebrezze Family History
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CLICK HERE for Celebrezze Hollow, Holmes County Ohio - Donated by the Sheely Family
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze Appellate Advocacy Competition, April 16, 2014, Courtney Staton Winner
CLICK HERE for Anthony J. Celebrezze, Ohio Northern University , LL.B Degree 1936 - Photo donated by Salvatore J. Celebrezze
CLICK HERE for Judge Frank D, Celebrezze, Circa 1951, Cleveland Print Media
CLICK HERE for August F. Celebrezze, Circa 1962, Cleveland Print Media
CLICK HERE for Judges Anthony J. Celebrezze, Gerald Celebrezze, Frank D. Celebrezze Jr. and Ohio State Representative James P. Celebrezze, Circa 1969, Cleveland Press
CLICK HERE for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) biography of Anthony J. Celebrezze.
CLICK HERE for Congratulations to Jackie Dobbert, Winner of the Ohio Northern University, Anthony J. Celebrezze Appellate Advocacy Competition, April 4, 2012
CLICK HERE for Congratulations to Samantha Rutter, Winner of the Ohio Northern University, Anthony J. Celebrezze Appellate Advocacy Competition, April 8, 2016
Anthony J. Celebrezze's life was dedicated to serving the public. He entered politics in 1950, serving in the Ohio General Assembly, and continued his efforts on behalf of others for the next forty-eight years. By the end of his life, he had served in the highest levels of both state and federal governments and had helped transform American law and society.
In 1950, Celebrezze ran for a seat on the Ohio State Senate and won. He served as an Ohio state senator from 1951 to 1953. Celebrezze was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio in 1953 and served the city until 1962. From 1962 to 1965, Celebrezze served in the cabinets of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, as the U.S. Secretary for Health, Education, and Welfare.
In 1965, President Johnson appointed Celebrezze to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He served as a federal appeals court judge until his death in 1998. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park, Ohio.
The U.S. government's building in Cleveland is named after Celebrezze, as well as an archives room at Ohio Northern University's law school (Ada, Ohio).
Celebrezze was the father of state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr., and the uncle of Ohio Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze, and Ohio Supreme Court Judge James Celebrezze, the great uncle of Ohio Appeals Court Judge Frank D. Celebrezze Jr., the grandfather of Anthony J. Celebrezze III and the brother of Frank D. Celebrezze I, a Cleveland Municipal Court judge.
Obituary from the New York Times, October 31, 1998
By ROBERT McG. THOMAS Jr
Published: October 31, 1998
Anthony J. Celebrezze, a storied Cleveland mayor who transformed the city's skyline in the 1950's and went on to spend three productive years as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the 1960's and three low-key decades as a Federal appellate judge, died on Thursday at a hospice in Cleveland. He was 88 and a founder of a far-flung Ohio political dynasty.
Judge Celebrezze's family said the cause was cancer.
For all the pride he took in the accomplishments of his nine activist years as Mayor of Cleveland, Judge Celebrezze later admitted that his most sweeping achievements came during his brief service in the Kennedy and Johnson Cabinets.
He was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in July 1962, the first Italian-American to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. He remained in the Cabinet until August 1965, when he submitted his resignation to President Lyndon B. Johnson. In that time, Mr. Celebrezze helped shepherd more than a dozen major New Frontier and Great Society bills through Congress, including the Medicare Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Water Pollution Control Act, the Clean Air Act and the law creating the Head Start program.
Frank D. Celebrezze 1899-1953
Frank D. Celebrezze I was born Cleveland, Ohio on May 12, 1899, and died in 1953. He married Mary Carmella Delsander had six children: Frank Jr., Gerald, Dorothy, Joanne, Monica and James. He served as an American judge, the brother of Johnson cabinet member and federal appeals court Judge Anthony Celebrezze. A graduate of St. Ignatius College (now divided into Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland and John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio). He earned a Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame in 1928. In the 1930s, Celebrezze served as a Cleveland municipal judge. Then, Celebrezze served as an assistant prosecutor in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio prosecutor's office. Later, he was director of safety under Cleveland mayors Frank J. Lausche and Thomas A. Burke. Afterwards, he was elected as Cleveland municipal judge until his death in 1953.
His other relatives include nephew gubernatorial candidate Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr., son Ohio Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze, son Ohio Supreme Court Judge James Celebrezze; grandson Ohio appeals court Judge Frank D. Celebrezze Jr.; and grandnephew Anthony J. Celebrezze III.