Jane Byrne

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Jane Margaret Byrne
Byrne in June 1985
50th Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 16, 1979 – April 29, 1983
Preceded by Michael A. Bilandic
Succeeded by Harold Washington
Personal details
Born May 24, 1934 (1934-05-24) (age 80)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) William Byrne (1956-1959) (his death)
Jay McMullen (1978-1992) (his death)
Children Kathy
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Jane Margaret Byrne (born May 24, 1934) was the first female mayor of Chicago. She served from April 16, 1979 to April 29, 1983. Chicago is the largest city in the United States to have had a female mayor as of 2012.[1]

Byrne was born on May 24, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She studied at DePaul University. She was married to William Byrne from 1956 until his death in 1959. Then she was married to Jay McMullen from 1978 until his death in 1992. She had a daughter, Kathy by William Byrne. William Bryne died in an airplane accident. She is so far the only female mayor of Chicago.

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