Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Mayoral Campaign Records

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1980-1983
Extent: 28.5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Harold Washington filed as a mayoral candidate in December 1982. Congressman Harold Washington won the Democratic Primary on February 22, 1983. He defeated both Mayor Jane M. Byrne and Illinois States Attorney Richard M. Daley in that political race. He carried the Mayoral General Election on April 12, 1983 against Republican candidate Bernard E. Epton. Washington was elected in 1983 and reelected in 1987. Harold Washington died at 1:36 PM on November 25, 1987 of a cardiac arrest.

Scope and Content Note:
Mayoral Campaign Records, 1980-1983, were created during Harold Washington's campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Records from 1980-1982 reflect Harold Washington's fundraising and support-building activities during his tenure as Congressman from the First Congressional District, particularly the work of his District Office at 7801 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago (see also U.S. Congressional Records, Harold Washington Archives and Collections).

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