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Macedonia's first mayor, Col. William Frew Long, was born April 28, 1880, in Alleghany, Pa., to a "prominent family" according to the Longwood Manor Historical Society website.
His father was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and president of the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange. However, the stock market crash in the late 1880s and death of his father left the Long family penniless.
At age 11, Long had no other alternative but to quit school to work long hours. He sold newspapers, did clerical work, bought a laundry and became president of the Pittsburgh Laundry Association so he could provide for his mother and brother, according to the historical society.
Long joined the Signal Corps in 1917 and was promoted to colonel in 1931, according to Case Western University archives. He was recalled to active duty and served as a civilian personnel relations officer.
According to the historic register nomination form, Long moved to Ohio in 1920 to become the general manager of the anti-union organization The American Plan Association, which later turned into Associated Industries of Cleveland, where Long became an influential figure in Ohio labor history until his retirement in 1949.
"Long led the public charge against Cleveland's unions through speeches to numerous groups and his authorship of pamphlets and books on the topic of freedom of employment and the open shop," the nomination states.
According to Henry Kraus' book, Heroes of the Unwritten story: The UAW, 1933-34, Long earned the title "Labor's Enemy No. 1" by personally supplying labor spies to employers and organizing a union-busting group called the "Secret Seven."
He testified before the Civil Liberties Committee and revealed the AIC's use of secret contributions for the creation of a massive arms build-up to address labor unrest among Cleveland's industries.
"Long testified that many nationally prominent firms made secret contributions to the organization and were listed as numbers on the association's books," according to the register nomination form.
Long was also a veteran of World War I and World War II, and helped establish a pilot training field in the 1920s, which later became Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, according to the nomination form.
Long also became active in local civic and community affairs. The first position he held was chairman of Macedonia Board of Zoning Appeals, which he held until 1962. That same year he was elected the first mayor of Macedonia, a position he held until he was 96, making him the oldest mayor in the United States, according to the historical society website,www.longwoodmanor.org.
Long died Jan. 7, 1984, at the age of 104, and donated his farm to the citizens of Macedonia for a park. The park would be the largest in the state, according to the historical society.