#FBF: FDR, the Texas Centennial and the only Oak Cliff Mayor

Dallas Mayor George Sergeant rides in the front passenger seat of the President’s car. Behind him are FDR and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Photo courtesy of Jim Lake Jr.
Dallas Mayor George Sergeant rides in the front passenger seat of the President’s car. Behind him are FDR and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Photo courtesy of Jim Lake Jr.

The only Dallas mayor to live in Oak Cliff during their term also was our “centennial mayor,” convincing state officials that the 1936 Texas Centennial should be celebrated in Dallas as part of the State Fair of Texas.

As part of the months-long celebration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Dallas in June 1936, and it’s been said that the Roosevelts enjoyed lemonade on Mayor George Sergeant’s front porch on Zang.

Sergeant was an interesting guy, who lived on Zang until his death in 1971. Read more about him and his eventful two-year term as Dallas mayor here.


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