Harold Washington

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Harold Washington
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51st Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 29, 1983 – November 25, 1987
Preceded byJane Byrne
Succeeded byDavid Orr (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – April 30, 1983
Preceded byBennett Stewart
Succeeded byCharles A. Hayes
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 26th district
In office
May 7, 1977 – November 20, 1980
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
March 22, 1965 – August 8, 1976
Personal details
Harold Lee Washington

(1922-04-15)April 15, 1922
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 25, 1987(1987-11-25) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting placeOak Woods Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Dorothy Finch
(m. 1942; div. 1950)
Domestic partnerMary Ella Smith (1967–1987)
EducationRoosevelt University (BA)
Northwestern University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1942–1945
RankFirst Sergeant
UnitUnited States Army Air Corps
United States Army Air Forces
Battles/warsWorld War II
 • South Pacific
 • Central Pacific

Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922 – November 25, 1987) was an American lawyer and politician. He became the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987. The Harold Washington Library is named after him.

Washington was born on April 15, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He studied at Roosevelt College and at Northwestern University School of Law.

He was married to Nancy Dorothy Finch from 1942 until they divorced in 1950. Then he was engaged to Mary Ella Smith until his death in 1987.

Washington died suddenly on November 25, 1987 in Chicago City Hall from a heart attack, aged 65.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hamlish Levinsohn, Florence (1983). Harold Washington: A Political Biography. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 0-914091-40-9.

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