Cecil O. Creal (19 December 1899 -- 20 November 1986) was Mayor of Ann Arbor from 1959 to 1965.

Creal was born in 1899 in Kiantone, Chautauqua County, New York. During World War I, he served in the U. S. Navy. Creal married Dama Godfrey of Ann Arbor in 1925. He was an Episcopalian. Creal had two sons, Richard and Robert.

Creal ran for Ann Arbor mayor as a Republican in 1959. He defeated Democrat Lloyd M. Ives, and went on to win two more terms, triumphing over Democrats Dorothee S. Pealy in 1961 and Albert F. Schneider in 1963. Creal did not run for a fourth term in 1965.

Creal died in Ann Arbor on November 20, 1986, and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. Ann Arbor's Creal Park and Creal Crescent are both named after Mayor Creal.

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Republican mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and photographs, concerning the work of city departments and such issues as tax assessments, highway construction, the building of a new city hall, the fair housing ordinance and urban renewal.

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