Janet Gray Hayes (July 12, 1926 – April 21, 2014) was the 60th mayor of San Jose, California from 1975 to 1983. She was both the first woman to be elected mayor San Jose, and the first woman elected mayor of any major city in the United States.
Born in Rushville, Hayes went to University of Chicago and then received her bachelors degree from Indiana University. In 1956, Hayes and her husband moved to San Jose, California where her husband practiced medicine. Hayes was elected to the San Jose City Council in 1971 and was a Democrat. She died of a stroke Monday.
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