He was an active councillor for many years, and was leader of the City Council from 1945 to 1979.
Leo Schultz was born in 1900, the son of a Polish immigrant, Solomon Schultz, and his wife (née Hiller).
At the age of 15 he came first in regional exams for a scholarship for Oxford University, but was told that the university was not a suitable choice for someone of his working-class background and Jewish religion. He later became a socialist and used his skills in the realm of public service, his political career began in 1926 as a Labour councillor for the Myton ward of Hull.
In 1919 he met, and in 1928 married Kate (Kitty) Pickersgill.
Before the Second World War, Leo Schultz campaigned for Hull City Council to build bomb shelters. He was successful and the shelters helped save many lives. During the war, he was decorated for his work as an Air Raid Warden, and also served as Lord Mayor from 1942–3.
From 1945 to 1979 Schultz was leader of Hull City Council. His role in Kingston upon Hull’s public life led him to receiving the moniker “Lion of Hull”, or “Mr. Hull”.
He received an OBE in 1946, in part for his work during the war, and was knighted in 1966 for services to local government, he received an honorary doctorate of Law from Hull University in 1979.
Kitty Schultz died in 1975, Leo Schultz died in 1991 aged 91.