Cotner, Mercedes at City Council Meeting
@ Cleveland Public Library
DescriptionGeorge Forbes presiding at a Cleveland City Council meeting, with council clerk Mercedes Cotner shown at the lectern. Mercedes Cotner (1905-1998) was council clerk for over 25 years and the first woman to ever fill the position, according to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. In addition, she was the first woman to be a Democratic candidate for Mayor in Cleveland.