Mayor Eugene Sawyer Biography

Eugene Sawyer photoActing mayor of Chicago, 1987-1989

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected acting mayor by City Council December 2, 1987 pending a special election. Sawyer served as 53rd mayor of Chicago.
  • Inauguration: December 2, 1987

Biographical

  • Born September 3, 1934 in Greensboro, Ala.
  • Graduated from Alabama State University in 1956 with a degree in chemistry
  • After moving to Chicago in 1957, started working for city Sewer Department
  • Elected 6th Ward alderman in 1971
  • After leaving office, he operated a company focusing first on energy, later on wholesale tobacco.
  • Survived by wife Veronica and three children.
  • Died January 19, 2008 in Chicago
  • Buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago

Sources

  • "Former Chicago Mayor Sawyer Dies." Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2008, p. 9.
  • "The Reluctant Mayor." Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2008, p. 18.
  • "Services are Set for Stroger, Sawyer." Chicago Tribune, January 22, 2008, p. 3.
  • Yates, Jon, and Tara Malone. "Eugene Sawyer: 1934 - 2008." Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2008, p. 1.
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