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Harold Washington
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    (April 15, 1922-November 25, 1987)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Served in the Illinois House (1965-76) and Senate (1977-80)
    US Representative from Illinois' 1st District (1981-83)
    Mayor of Chicago (1983-87)
    First black mayor of the city
    His secretary said, 'If every woman Harold slept with stood at one end of City Hall, the building would sink five inches into LaSalle Street.'
    His law license was suspended one year for failing to perform services he had billed clients for (1970).
    He was sentenced to 40 days in jail and fined $1,000 for failing to file four years of income tax returns (1971).
    A painting depicting him in women's lingerie was confiscated by police from a private student exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, triggering a First Amendment debate (1988).
    He served with an Air Force engineering unit in World War II.
    He was the only black student in his class at Northwestern Law School.
    The Independent Voters of Illinois named him best legislator of the year (1967).
    When the ACLU sued the city over the painting seizure, a spokesman called Washington 'one of the great civil libertarians of our time,' noting that he had supported the rights of a sculptor who had created a satirical statue of him.

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