- NAME: Harold Washington
- OCCUPATION: Mayor, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: April 15, 1922
- DEATH DATE: November 25, 1987
- Did You Know?: In 1983, Harold Washington became the first African-American mayor of Chicago.
- 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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Washington, known as being a man of the people, invited his constituents to voice their opinions regarding the city's budget.
In 1987, Washington won re-election. This time around he had a sizable block of alderman behind him to help him advance his plans for the city. Unfortunately, Washington died of a heart attack not long into his second term. He collapsed at his desk in City Hall on November 25, 1987,
and was declared dead at a nearby hospital that afternoon. Washington's beloved city honored him in many ways after his passing, including renaming Loop College after him. The Harold Washington Library Center is another place that bears his name.
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