Washington, Harold

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Washington, Harold Gender: M
Harold Lee Washington
born on 15 April 1922 at 23:11 (= 11:11 PM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°26' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°28 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 21°49'

Harold Washington


American politician, the first black Mayor of Chicago in 1983 despite admitted troubles with the law in the '70s when he was a practicing lawyer in Chicago and a member of the State Legislature. Washington was frequently the subject of controversy due to several different charges which included failing to provide paid-for services, failing to file income tax for four years in the '60s and failing to pay personal bills. He was suspended from the practice of law and once spent 36 days in jail in 1972.

Harold Washington was born in Chicago, one of 11 children. His father was a Methodist minister who encouraged his love of reading and appreciation for education. He attended Forrestville School and DuSable High School before serving in the U.S. Air Force Engineers in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. In 1949 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Roosevelt University and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University’s school of law in 1952. In 1954 he succeeded his late father as a precinct captain in the Third Ward of the Democratic organization. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1953 and began practicing law as an assistant Chicago prosecutor from 1954 to 1958.

From 1960 he served four years as an arbitrator for the Illinois State Industrial Commission. In 1965 he became a state representative, serving until his election to the state senate in 1976. He ran in a special primary held after the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley and finished third of four contenders.

In 1980 he was elected to the House. On 1/03/1981 he became a member of the 97th Congress and served on the Committee on Education and Labor, the Committee on Government Operations and the Judiciary Committee. He began his second mayoral campaign in 1982, shortly after his reelection to the House, and won the Democratic nomination in February 1983. After a stormy, racially tinged contest that attracted national attention, he was elected Mayor on 4/12/1983 and resigned from his House seat to serve as Mayor.

Washington was a complicated person in both his public and private life. Charming and rough, he sometimes let words substitute for action, bad-mouthing people who got in his way. He guarded his privacy, yet gave out his phone number all over town. He had a relaxed leadership style with a need to show his independence, to be combative, to assert himself as leader of a break-through political movement, a late-model New Dealer.

The portly, 65-year-old Washington died of a massive coronary at his desk on 11/25/1987, 11:01 AM CST, Chicago, IL. seven months after winning election to a second term.

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  • Social : Joined group 1943 (Four years in the Air Force)
  • Social : End a program of study 1952 (Juris Doctor degree)
  • Social : End a program of study 1953 (Passed his bar exam)
  • Work : New Career 1954 (Chicago prosecutor, four years)
  • Work : New Job 1960 (Arbitrator, IL. State)
  • Work : New Job 1965 (State representative)
  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1972 (Incarcerated 36 days)
  • Work : New Job 1976 (State Senate)
  • Work : New Job 1980 (House of Representatives)
  • Death by Heart Attack 25 November 1987 at 11:01 AM in Chicago, IL (Age 65)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of eleven kids)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Same location lifetime
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (36 days)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Failure to pay bills or income tax)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Public prosecutor)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Air Force)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Mayor of Chicago, State Legislature)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection