Harold Washington dies at the age of 65

November 25

On November 25, 1987, Harold Washington died at the age of 65. 

Harold Washington was the first African American mayor of Chicago.

Harold Washington served in the U.S. Air Force before pursuing higher education from Roosevelt University and Northwestern University. In 1952, he received his law degree from Northwestern University which jumpstarted his law career. After passing the Illinois bar in 1953, Washington went on to pursue a career in public office. 

In 1983, he was elected as the first African American mayor of Chicago. Washington made his impact during his first term as a mayor and subsequently sought reelection in 1987. Less than 7 months after being elected to a second mayoral term, Washington died of a heart attack at the age of 65.


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