Quotes by: Harold Washington

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Harold Washington
Washington during his tenure as a member of Illinois's first district in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1982.
41st Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 29, 1983 – November 25, 1987
(died in office)
Preceded by Jane Byrne
Succeeded by David Duvall Orr (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – April 30, 1983
Preceded by Bennett M. Stewart
Succeeded by Charles 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
Born Harold Lee Washington
(1922-04-15)April 15, 1922
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 25, 1987(1987-11-25) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Resting place Oak Woods Cemetery
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Dorothy Finch (m. 1942; div. 1950)
Domestic partner Mary Ella Smith (1967–1987; his death)[1]
Alma mater DuSable High School
B.A. Roosevelt College
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law
Religion Methodist[2]
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps, later United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank First Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II South Pacific, Central Pacific

Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government.
Harold Washington
That fallacy flies in the face of studies that show, every day, in every way, things are getting a little worse for America's minorities relative to the progress made by those in the top percentiles of assets and income.
Harold Washington
What is so remarkable about the success of affirmative action is that it has been accomplished despite the Justice Department and the policies of the federal government.
Harold Washington
Affirmative action works but we're going to need to muster all our political resources if we are to keep it in place.
Harold Washington
Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals.
Harold Washington
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