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Photograph of Bill Braire and Oran K. Gragson standing in front of the stairs to TWA flight 819, circa 1960s


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1960 to 1969


Pictured L-R: Bill Briare (holding a framed print), unknown, Las Vegas Mayor Oran K. Gragson (center, holding statuette), two unknown men holding three framed prints. The location where the photograph was taken is unknown. Oran Kenneth Gragson (February 14, 1911 – October 7, 2002) was an American businessman and politician. He was the longest-serving mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1959 to 1975. Gragson, a member of the Republican Party, was a small business owner who was elected Mayor on a reform platform against police corruption and for equal opportunity for people of all socio-economic and racial categories. Gragson died in a Las Vegas hospice on October 7, 2002, at the age of 91. The Oran K. Gragson Elementary School located at 555 N. Honolulu Street, Las Vegas, NV 89110 was named in his honor. William Hubert "Bill" Briare (July 13, 1930 – December 8, 2006) was an American politician. In the 1960s, Briare served in the Nevada Assembly and as a Clark County Commissioner. In 1971, he lost his first campaign for mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada to Oran K. Gragson, but Briare was elected in his next attempt in 1975, defeating Harry Reid. He was the former mayor of Las Vegas from 1975 to 1987. Briare was a member of the Democratic Party.

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pho017973. Oran K. Gragson Photographs. PH-00310. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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