William H. Matthews was the former First Deputy City Clerk of Providence, and considered by many as the finest athlete the state has produced. "Dixie", as he was known to all, was considered by leaders of the city's African-American community as their "first but unofficial" City Councilman. Born in Providence, he retired after thirty-eight years of City employment, culminating in his appointment to the highest City post ever held by an African-American. He was very active in both civic and political causes.
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