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Leon Despres on the Chicago Political Machine
Leon Despres on the Chicago Political Machine
Published: 2009/05/06
Channel: MediaBurnArchive
Leon Despres on the "Mayors Daley"
Leon Despres on the "Mayors Daley"
Published: 2008/11/16
Channel: Progress Illinois
Leon Despres on his feud with Mayor Richard J. Daley
Leon Despres on his feud with Mayor Richard J. Daley
Published: 2009/05/06
Channel: MediaBurnArchive
Leon Despres at 100
Leon Despres at 100
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: The University of Chicago
Fermeture quincaillerie - Léon Després
Fermeture quincaillerie - Léon Després
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: TVA Carleton
Chicago Political Machine
Chicago Political Machine
Published: 2010/10/06
Channel: Push Back Now - PBN
Exclusive Interview: Leon Depres talks Trotsky, Rivera and Kahlo
Exclusive Interview: Leon Depres talks Trotsky, Rivera and Kahlo
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: tedregencia
Zoo Gorillas planning for Escape.
Zoo Gorillas planning for Escape.
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: epSos.de
Clean Sport - Serge Despres
Clean Sport - Serge Despres
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: PrecisionNutrition
Bernie Sanders on Crime Legislation: Law Enforcement and Sentencing (1994)
Bernie Sanders on Crime Legislation: Law Enforcement and Sentencing (1994)
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Way Back
Mindshift Strategies - Leon
Mindshift Strategies - Leon's Emotional Freedom Session Testimonial
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Luc Despres
Leon Depres: Chicago 2016 an illusion
Leon Depres: Chicago 2016 an illusion
Published: 2009/03/31
Channel: tedregencia
Water Bottle Flip Edition | Dude Perfect
Water Bottle Flip Edition | Dude Perfect
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: Dude Perfect
Centenarian Chicago alderman marvels about the computer technology
Centenarian Chicago alderman marvels about the computer technology
Published: 2009/03/31
Channel: tedregencia
Tom
Tom 'Captain EasyChord' Despres - Street Piano 2016
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Leon Rich
Интро
Интро
Published: 2015/04/05
Channel: Leon Despres
Chicago World
Chicago World's Fair Memories: Leon Depres
Published: 2008/10/19
Channel: Chicago Park District
Leon Depres on the Obama presidency
Leon Depres on the Obama presidency
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: tedregencia
Emma Despres - Schroders Bright Ideas 2009
Emma Despres - Schroders Bright Ideas 2009
Published: 2009/11/05
Channel: Ian Allsopp
L
L'Andratx ha conseguit s'ascens a LEB Plata després de guanyar per 94-75 a l'Agustinos de León
Published: 2015/05/25
Channel: IB3 TELEVISIÓ
Toni Preckwinkle | Remarks - Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast -  December 6, 2013
Toni Preckwinkle | Remarks - Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast - December 6, 2013
Published: 2013/12/18
Channel: 30GoodMinutes
Sou Luna Antes e Depois
Sou Luna Antes e Depois
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: NostalCurioso
Neymar
Neymar's first training session 11/08/2014
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: FC Barcelona
#PeugeotVuelveAlDakar - Cyril Despres en Peugeot Lounge.
#PeugeotVuelveAlDakar - Cyril Despres en Peugeot Lounge.
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: Peugeot Argentina
You Are Two
You Are Two
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: CGP Grey
Public Affairs - Tom Geoghegan
Public Affairs - Tom Geoghegan
Published: 2009/02/15
Channel: tonytangcom
Caida de Despres y complicaciones en el barro Dakar 2012
Caida de Despres y complicaciones en el barro Dakar 2012
Published: 2012/01/10
Channel: Chilo Dakar
després de la calçotada al de Jaume Gener 2016
després de la calçotada al de Jaume Gener 2016
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: jose antonio brull leon
Final 1a XXV Lliga de Palma Agost - Murla a Pedreguer 2017
Final 1a XXV Lliga de Palma Agost - Murla a Pedreguer 2017
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Federació de Pilota Valenciana
Joan Manuel Serrat - Assaig i opinions abans i després d
Joan Manuel Serrat - Assaig i opinions abans i després d'un concert.-
Published: 2013/04/05
Channel: Pere Mas -La tieta-
Peugeot regresa al al Dakar con Sainz y Despres
Peugeot regresa al al Dakar con Sainz y Despres
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: EFE MOTOR
6296-HPZ
6296-HPZ
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: lluis soler
Reaccions CUP i ERC Cardedeu després del no a investir Mas
Reaccions CUP i ERC Cardedeu després del no a investir Mas
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: Televisió Cardedeu
Presentación Team Peugeot Total - Carlos Sainz
Presentación Team Peugeot Total - Carlos Sainz
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: mazaderomr
Team 5 Seconds - Vallnord Bikepark 2014
Team 5 Seconds - Vallnord Bikepark 2014
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: Gerard Martínez De León
PEUGEOT 2008 DKR 2016
PEUGEOT 2008 DKR 2016
Published: 2015/10/03
Channel: #CdRas
Les reaccions de Busquets després del 5-1 al Sevilla
Les reaccions de Busquets després del 5-1 al Sevilla
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: FC Barcelona
Mindshift Strategies - Mike Fallat
Mindshift Strategies - Mike Fallat's The American Entrepreneur with Luc Despres
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Luc Despres
THE HOLE SHOW arriva a BARCELONA, al Teatre COLISEUM
THE HOLE SHOW arriva a BARCELONA, al Teatre COLISEUM
Published: 2012/10/02
Channel: LetsGo Company
Chinese Dragon Dance in Singapore.
Chinese Dragon Dance in Singapore.
Published: 2013/02/05
Channel: epSos.de
Tardà després de no poder parlar català al Congres:
Tardà després de no poder parlar català al Congres: 'Ja està tot dit!'
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: Esquerra Republicana
Crits d
Crits d'independència després de la Tronada de Sant Pere
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Reus Digital
Junior Express - El Fantasma Guitarrista (Teaser)
Junior Express - El Fantasma Guitarrista (Teaser)
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Favio Apaza-MansOn
TV3 - Els Matins - Pol Espargaró arriba avui a Barcelona després ser proclamat campió del món.
TV3 - Els Matins - Pol Espargaró arriba avui a Barcelona després ser proclamat campió del món.
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: TV3
Leon Fleisher Solo Piano Masterclass July 13, 2015
Leon Fleisher Solo Piano Masterclass July 13, 2015
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Music Academy of the West
Les matraques de Bunyola tornen a sonar després de prop de 50 anys de silenci
Les matraques de Bunyola tornen a sonar després de prop de 50 anys de silenci
Published: 2015/04/03
Channel: escastellet
El Palma Air Europa s
El Palma Air Europa s'imposa al Breogán de Lugo després de tres derrotes (83-70)
Published: 2015/04/06
Channel: IB3 TELEVISIÓ
The Rules for Rulers
The Rules for Rulers
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: CGP Grey
DESPRÉS DE PATI P3
DESPRÉS DE PATI P3
Published: 2016/02/22
Channel: Escola Can Puig
Marc Grau, 100 dies després d’incorporar-se com a director de Metro
Marc Grau, 100 dies després d’incorporar-se com a director de Metro
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: TMB Barcelona
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Leon Mathis Despres
City of Chicago Alderman
In office
1955–1975
Preceded by Robert E. Merriam
Succeeded by Ross Lathrop
Constituency 5th ward
Personal details
Born (1908-02-02)February 2, 1908
Died May 6, 2009(2009-05-06) (aged 101)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marian Alschuler Despres (1909-2007; married on Sept. 10th, 1931: 75 years)
Children Robert Despres
Linda Baskin
Residence Chicago, Illinois
 United States
Occupation Author
Attorney
Politician

Leon Mathis Despres (February 2, 1908 – May 6, 2009) was an American author, attorney and politician. He was best known as a long-time alderman in Chicago, where he regularly disagreed with then-mayor Richard J. Daley, often engaging in loud arguments and debates on the assembly floor.[1]

Background[edit]

A native of Chicago, Despres received his undergraduate and law degrees in 1927 and 1929, respectively, from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, before beginning a legal practice.[2]

Career[edit]

In April 1955, Despres was elected to the Chicago City Council from the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, as alderman of the 5th ward.[3] Serving until 1975, Despres gained fame as an independent Democrat, consistently opposing the policies of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Frequently on the short end of 49-1 votes, Despres became known as the "liberal conscience of Chicago."[2] Because of his strong advocacy of civil rights and open housing, Despres also became known as "the lone negro on the City Council," even though he was white and the council had six black alderman allied with the mayor.[3]

On December 26, 1967, Despres was shot in the leg by two men in an alley. Characteristic of his political beliefs, he refused to blame the assailants and instead blamed poor social conditions. [4]

In his final years Despres lived in Hyde Park and remained active in civic life.[2] In 2005, he received the Benton Medal from the University of Chicago.[2] Up until his death, Despres still maintained an office at the Chicago firm of Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, managed by longtime colleague Chicago labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan.[3]

Life & work[edit]

Despres spoke five languages, served as Chicago City Council Parliamentarian for eight years after 20 years of service to the city. Despres authored Challenging the Daley Machine, A Chicago Alderman's memoir.[3]

Death[edit]

Despres died of heart failure in his Hyde Park home on May 6, 2009 at the age of 101.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leon Despres, Chicago alderman and civil rights activist with University ties, dead at 101". Chicago Maroon. May 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Education". The University of Chicago Chronicle. October 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wilgoren, Jodi (2005-05-31). "City Council". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ Fine, Hannah. "Leon Despres, Chicago alderman and civil rights activist with University ties, dead at 101". The Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "City Council". Chicago Breaking News. May 2009. 

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