A Loss in the Family: Harold Washington: 1922-1987

Harold Washington: 1922-1987

When the near religious fervor of black voters combined with enough support from white "lakefront liberals" to propel him to a second term last spring, Harold Washington predicted that he would serve 20 years as Chicago's first black mayor. But his bid to establish a political dynasty that would rival Richard J. Daley's legendary machine came to a sudden end last week. Seated at the desk in his city hall office, the portly, 65-year-old Washington collapsed % from a massive coronary while going over the day's appointments with his press secretary. Despite the speedy intervention of bodyguards and paramedics, the mayor...

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