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WASHINGTON, Harold, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., April 15,
1922; attended the public schools; B.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1949;
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Evanston, Ill., 1952; admitted to
the Illinois bar in 1953 and commenced practice in Chicago; served in the
United States Air Force Engineers, 1942-1946; assistant city prosecutor,
Chicago, 1954-1958; arbitrator, Illinois industrial Commission, 1960-1964;
member, Illinois house of representatives, 1965-1976; member, Illinois senate,
1977-1980; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and Ninety-eighth
Congresses and served until his resignation on April 30, 1983 (January 3,
1981-April 30, 1983); elected mayor of Chicago on April 12, 1983; reelected in
1987 and served from April 29, 1983, until his death in Chicago on November 25,
1987; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
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Harold Washington: A Political Biography. Chicago: Chicago
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