- NAME: Harold Washington
- OCCUPATION: Mayor, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: April 15, 1922
- DEATH DATE: November 25, 1987
- EDUCATION: Roosevelt University, Northwestern University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: Harold Lee Washington
- AKA: Harold Washington
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Harold Washington became the first African-American mayor of Chicago in 1983.
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Harold Washington was born on April 15, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. Washington got his start in politics in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he represented the state's 26th District from 1965 to 1976. He went on to serve in the Illinois Senate from 1977 to 1980, and then became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-83), representing Illinois' 1st District. In 1983, Washington became the first African-American mayor of Chicago, despite a number of minor scandals. He died while in office, on November 25, 1987, in Chicago.
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