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Sawyer Documentary Sizzle Reel
Sawyer Documentary Sizzle Reel
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: Rick Nelson
Ald. Richard Mell talks about the night Eugene Sawyer was picked to replace Harold Washington.
Ald. Richard Mell talks about the night Eugene Sawyer was picked to replace Harold Washington.
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: Robert McCormick
Pioneer Awards - Mayor Eugene Sawyer
Pioneer Awards - Mayor Eugene Sawyer
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Andre Garner
Pastor Gregory  Eugene Sawyer
Pastor Gregory Eugene Sawyer
Published: 2014/05/22
Channel: Deadrick North
Gadfly Eugene Sawyer decides if he leaves Warren, it
Gadfly Eugene Sawyer decides if he leaves Warren, it's all over for everyone!
Published: 2010/10/21
Channel: WarrenTeaParty
Eugene T. Sawyer Top # 6 Facts
Eugene T. Sawyer Top # 6 Facts
Published: 2015/10/31
Channel: Genevive
TheGrio
TheGrio's 100: Eugene Sawyer, bringing health care to Detroit's uninsured
Published: 2013/02/27
Channel: The Grio
HaroldWashington-pt 1/3
HaroldWashington-pt 1/3
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: ShantyWorld
Anubis Unlocked (Season 3) : Eugene Simon (Jerome Clarke) & Alex Sawyer (Alfie Lewis)
Anubis Unlocked (Season 3) : Eugene Simon (Jerome Clarke) & Alex Sawyer (Alfie Lewis)
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: StarsSik
Zayvion Sawyer - LIFE STORY ft. Levi Scorch & Eugene Braxton
Zayvion Sawyer - LIFE STORY ft. Levi Scorch & Eugene Braxton
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: Zayvion Sawyer
Walking Dead : Road to Survival - NEW EPIC SAWYER - SICK SAWYER!!!
Walking Dead : Road to Survival - NEW EPIC SAWYER - SICK SAWYER!!!
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: 999 Gaming
Alex Sawyer - Relapse ft. Tasie Lawrence
Alex Sawyer - Relapse ft. Tasie Lawrence
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: AlexSawyerVEVO
so-sawyer NALEY LEYTON
so-sawyer NALEY LEYTON
Published: 2008/02/24
Channel: Sosawyer
Sawyer family - "Who are you, really"
Sawyer family - "Who are you, really"
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Ellorienne
Top Greatest First Singing Auditions
Top Greatest First Singing Auditions
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: Modern Gaming
How to pronounce Eugene Sawyer (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Eugene Sawyer (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2014/12/30
Channel: Pronounce Names
House of Anubis Before and After 2016, Antes y Después
House of Anubis Before and After 2016, Antes y Después
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Time Loops
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154790679315 10068
Published: 2012/12/01
Channel: emuchene03
■Twins - Trailer (brooke+lucas+...)
■Twins - Trailer (brooke+lucas+...)
Published: 2010/01/08
Channel: missfrenki
Sawyer family -
Sawyer family - 'I'm so sorry' Imagine Dragons
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Ellorienne
SALEM "Step Lightly" (KANDY - Remix) Official Music Video
SALEM "Step Lightly" (KANDY - Remix) Official Music Video
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: AwesomenessTV
Brian Wilson relations with Landy Part 1
Brian Wilson relations with Landy Part 1
Published: 2006/12/18
Channel: evasuperstar
Eugene -
Eugene - 'Feeling good' Michael Buble
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Ellorienne
House of Anubis Before and After 2016, Antes y Después
House of Anubis Before and After 2016, Antes y Después
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Before And After - TV Stars
Detective Eugene and his Gay Husband: TOM SAWYER
Detective Eugene and his Gay Husband: TOM SAWYER
Published: 2011/12/11
Channel: PorcupineWeirdo
tWD: RtS: New Toon on the Block - Epic Nullify Sawyer +OPENING
tWD: RtS: New Toon on the Block - Epic Nullify Sawyer +OPENING
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Smooth Burner
Wilson v. Landy
Wilson v. Landy
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: Sarah Drinkwine
Bumpers From 1980s Ghostbusters Taping on ABC 7 Chicago (WLS)
Bumpers From 1980s Ghostbusters Taping on ABC 7 Chicago (WLS)
Published: 2008/11/29
Channel: Ghostbusters.net
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs - Wrigley First Night Game Rain Delay - WGN 8/8/1988
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs - Wrigley First Night Game Rain Delay - WGN 8/8/1988
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: STL VHS Vault
Steve Cokely Exposed "The Black Boule" K.I.K
Steve Cokely Exposed "The Black Boule" K.I.K
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: K.I.K on YouTube
Sawyer | 2017 | 4K Drone
Sawyer | 2017 | 4K Drone
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Bird's Eye Aerial Photography
Euphoria Chocolate by The Jared Sawyer
Euphoria Chocolate by The Jared Sawyer
Published: 2010/11/23
Channel: thejaredsawyer
Sawyer Built Home Improvements - Eugene, OR
Sawyer Built Home Improvements - Eugene, OR
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: yellowbook
Sawyer Fredericks A Good Storm Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Rhonda Irish 8 5 17
Sawyer Fredericks A Good Storm Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Rhonda Irish 8 5 17
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: SawyerFredericks Forum
Eugene on Jim Cornette Abusing John Cena Backstage
Eugene on Jim Cornette Abusing John Cena Backstage
Published: 2017/01/16
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
I
I'll Fly Away
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: Sylvia K
HaroldWashington -pt 2/3
HaroldWashington -pt 2/3
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: ShantyWorld
Sawyer Perry, Alto Sax - Aria, Eugene Bozza/Leduc
Sawyer Perry, Alto Sax - Aria, Eugene Bozza/Leduc
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: LSKOCH5
HaroldWashington - pt 3/3
HaroldWashington - pt 3/3
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: ShantyWorld
Knights of Prosperity - Official Theme Song: Tom Sawyer
Knights of Prosperity - Official Theme Song: Tom Sawyer
Published: 2010/03/08
Channel: AaronEddieHYo
Bill Sawyer Flowers Of Edinburgh
Bill Sawyer Flowers Of Edinburgh
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: BPMONKMAN
Sawyer Cleveland - PEC - BP - Crescent Valley HS (OR) - July 11, 2017
Sawyer Cleveland - PEC - BP - Crescent Valley HS (OR) - July 11, 2017
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Baseball Northwest
Eugene Gregory Promo
Eugene Gregory Promo
Published: 2007/08/10
Channel: uey5965
Listen to the Voice of Your Inner Child | Malcolm Sawyer | TEDxGeorgiaStateU
Listen to the Voice of Your Inner Child | Malcolm Sawyer | TEDxGeorgiaStateU
Published: 2015/06/30
Channel: TEDx Talks
Bill Sawyer Soldiers Joy.wmv
Bill Sawyer Soldiers Joy.wmv
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: BPMONKMAN
Ultimate Shepherd-Reverend Jared Sawyer
Ultimate Shepherd-Reverend Jared Sawyer
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: BrothaRollins
Carl Eugene Watts "Sunday Morning SLASHER" | SERIAL KILLER FILES #25
Carl Eugene Watts "Sunday Morning SLASHER" | SERIAL KILLER FILES #25
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: Rob Dyke
Sawyer Powell Football Highlight Reel
Sawyer Powell Football Highlight Reel
Published: 2011/06/07
Channel: RandomArtHouseDotCom
lewie sawyer despicable me
lewie sawyer despicable me
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: lewiesawyer
Dr. Eugene Gibson "I Love You Jesus" @ Trinity United Church of Christ
Dr. Eugene Gibson "I Love You Jesus" @ Trinity United Church of Christ
Published: 2013/05/18
Channel: BrothaRollins
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Eugene Sawyer
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42nd Mayor of Chicago
In office
December 2, 1987 – April 24, 1989
Preceded by David Duvall Orr (acting)
Succeeded by Richard Daley
City of Chicago Alderman
In office
February 28, 1971[1] – December 2, 1987
Constituency 6th Ward, Chicago
Personal details
Born (1934-09-03)September 3, 1934
Greensboro, Alabama, U.S.
Died January 19, 2008(2008-01-19) (aged 73)[2]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from a stroke
Resting place Oak Woods Cemetery
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Veronica E. Smith (m. 1996–2008)
Children
Alma mater Alabama State University

Eugene Sawyer Jr. (September 3, 1934 – January 19, 2008) was an American businessman, educator, and politician. Sawyer was selected as the 42nd Mayor of Chicago, Illinois after the sudden death of then–mayor Harold Washington, Serving from December 2, 1987 until April 24, 1989. Sawyer was the second African-American to serve as mayor of Chicago. Sawyer was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Born to Bernice and Eugene Sawyer Sr. in Greensboro, Alabama,[3] the oldest of six children; Sawyer spent summer vacations in Chicago with his aunt during his childhood. After high school, Sawyer began studying at Alabama State University, where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. During college, Sawyer served as security for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with his fraternity during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.[4] After graduating with his bachelor's degree in high school education, Sawyer had a brief stint as a chemistry and mathematics teacher in Prentiss, Mississippi; before moving to Chicago to do laboratory work in 1957.[5] Shortly after moving to Chicago, Sawyer took a job in Chicago’s Department of Water, where he worked from 1959 until 1971.[6] While working for the city's water department, Sawyer became involved with the Six Ward Regular Democratic organization and the Young Democrats (YD) through family friends; becoming the organization president and financial secretary in October 1968.

Career[edit]

Chicago Alderman (1971–1987)[edit]

In February 1971, Sawyer was elected Alderman of Chicago's 6th Ward.[7] By 1987, he was the longest-serving black alderman on the Chicago City Council,[8] when the sudden death of Harold Washington created a vacancy in the position of mayor. During Washington's tenure, a coalition of Regular Democratic and independent Democratic aldermen enacted reforms. Washington's supporters in the city council divided, supporting Aldermen Sawyer and Timothy C. Evans for mayor.[9] The City Council elected Sawyer mayor in a tumultuous and lengthy meeting.

Mayor of Chicago (1987–1989)[edit]

Sawyer took over from interim mayor David Duvall Orr. Sawyer's inauguration for mayor occurred in the parking lot of a closed restaurant at North and Bosworth Avenues at 4:01 am on December 2, 1987,[10] in an effort to avoid public demonstration. During his time as mayor, Sawyer worked to pass legislation supporting the installation of lights at Wrigley Field and the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance banning indoor smoking. Building on groundwork laid under Mayor Washington, Sawyer championed the Human Rights Ordinance, passed in 1988, to protect individuals against discrimination. This was the first Chicago city ordinance to assert the rights of gay and lesbian Chicagoans.[6] In the 1989 Democratic primary for Chicago’s mayor, Richard M. Daley defeated incumbent Eugene Sawyer as well as Alderman Lawrence Bloom, Sheila Jones and James C. Taylor.[11]

Retirement and death[edit]

After losing the mayoral contest, Sawyer lost his reelection bid for Democratic committeeman of the 6th Ward and subsequently retired from politics. After retiring, he became involved in business again. Sawyer was an active member of the Vernon Park Church of God in Chicago's Pill Hill neighborhood. Sawyer died on Saturday, January 19, 2008, at approximately 11 PM after a series of strokes and other health setbacks over the previous month at age 73.[12][13] Public viewing for Sawyer took place on January 25 and his funeral took place on January 26 followed by burial at Oak Woods Cemetery, the same cemetery where Harold Washington is buried.[6] Sawyer's mayoral papers are available as the Eugene Sawyer Collection at Special Collections department of the Chicago Public Library located in the Harold Washington Library.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subordination Or Empowerment?: African-American Leadership and the Struggle By Richard A. Keiser
  2. ^ JET Magazine – Eugene Sawyer, Chicago's 2nd Black Mayor, Succumbs At 73 – February 11, 2008
  3. ^ Chicago Public Library – Mayor Eugene Sawyer (1987–1989)
  4. ^ Chicago's Mayors: A Collection of Biographies Of All Chicago’s Mayors By Elaine C. Shigley
  5. ^ Crawford, Jan (December 7, 1987). "Sawyer Grew Up 757 Miles and a World Away From Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ a b c Courtney, Meghan; Fuqua, Dominique. "Biographical Note" (PDF). Eugene Sawyer Mayoral Records Finding Aid. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Eugene Sawyer Biography". The Historymakers. January 29, 2003. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wilkerson, Isabel (December 3, 1987). "MAN IN THE NEWS; A Calm Voice For Chicago: Eugene Sawyer Jr.". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Dirk (December 2, 1987). "Feuding Delays Selection of Chicago Mayor". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  10. ^ “Chicago Gains Acting Mayor.” Eugene Register-Guard, December 3, 1987.
  11. ^ "Election Results for 1989 Primary Election, Mayor, Chicago, Illinois (Democratic Party)". Chicago Democracy Project. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  12. ^ "Former Mayor Eugene Sawyer Dies". Chicago Tribune. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  13. ^ Yates, Jon; Malone, Tara (January 21, 2008). "Eugene Sawyer: 1934-2008". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Archival Collections". Chicago Public Library. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Orr
Mayor of Chicago
December 2, 1987 – April 24, 1989
Succeeded by
Richard M. Daley

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