Fab 40: Sam Jones and Jack Miller Jr.

Sam Jones

Mayor and Community Leader
Mobile’s first African-American mayor won his election with promises to increase safety, provide efficient government, support historic preservation and bring job-creating businesses to the city.

Jones served a nine-year stint in the U.S. Navy, at one time under the command of John McCain.

Jones worked as the executive director of Mobile Community Action Inc. from 1980 until ’87 and served four terms as a Mobile County Commissioner before being elected mayor in September 2005.

Jack Miller Jr.

Political Mover and Shaker
The late John C. H. “Jack” Miller, Jr. served as a driven, centrist chief of staff to Rep. Walter Flowers (D-Ala.) and then to Sen. John Sparkman (D-Ala.) from 1971 to 1973. Displaying a remarkable knack for pulling political strings, and winning elections, Miller went on to a successful stint as chairman of the state’s Democratic party. He also headed up the Mobile Downtown Redevelopment Commission, and, with Mayor Mike Dow, coined the “String of Pearls, ” a plan that inspired multimillion dollar investments in downtown’s waterfront area.

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