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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 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 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
Leon Depres: Chicago 2016 an illusion
Leon Depres: Chicago 2016 an illusion
Published: 2009/03/31
Channel: tedregencia
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
Интро
Интро
Published: 2015/04/05
Channel: Leon Despres
EICMA 2013: Intervista a Cyril Despres - Moto.it
EICMA 2013: Intervista a Cyril Despres - Moto.it
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: Moto.it
Leon Depres on the Obama presidency
Leon Depres on the Obama presidency
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: tedregencia
Sou Luna Antes e Depois
Sou Luna Antes e Depois
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: NostalCurioso
#PeugeotVuelveAlDakar - Cyril Despres en Peugeot Lounge.
#PeugeotVuelveAlDakar - Cyril Despres en Peugeot Lounge.
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: Peugeot Argentina
Despres del Cole_ComprarenLaVall.com
Despres del Cole_ComprarenLaVall.com
Published: 2012/06/17
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Exclusive Interview: Leon Depres talks Trotsky, Rivera and Kahlo
Exclusive Interview: Leon Depres talks Trotsky, Rivera and Kahlo
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: tedregencia
The Story of  Richard J Daley Mayor of Chicago
The Story of Richard J Daley Mayor of Chicago
Published: 2016/03/21
Channel: joekilgobinet
Chicago Political Machine
Chicago Political Machine
Published: 2010/10/06
Channel: Push Back Now - PBN
Junior Express - El Fantasma Guitarrista (Teaser)
Junior Express - El Fantasma Guitarrista (Teaser)
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Favio Apaza-MansOn
La Beauféthie (avec Mister V, Monsieur Poulpe et Gaël Mectoob)
La Beauféthie (avec Mister V, Monsieur Poulpe et Gaël Mectoob)
Published: 2014/07/04
Channel: Studio Bagel
Richard Leon vs Tanner Arebalo pt 2
Richard Leon vs Tanner Arebalo pt 2
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: Jim Rodriguez
Chicago World
Chicago World's Fair Memories: Leon Depres
Published: 2008/10/19
Channel: Chicago Park District
Clean Sport - Serge Despres
Clean Sport - Serge Despres
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: PrecisionNutrition
Emma Despres - Schroders Bright Ideas 2009
Emma Despres - Schroders Bright Ideas 2009
Published: 2009/11/05
Channel: Ian Allsopp
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
What
What's My Line? - Mayor Richard J. Daley; Carol Morris; Paul Winchell [panel] (Aug 5, 1956)
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: What's My Line?
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
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Tom 'Captain EasyChord' Despres - Street Piano 2016
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Leon Rich
La Guàrdia Civil al Coliseum, després de sortir de la conselleria d
La Guàrdia Civil al Coliseum, després de sortir de la conselleria d'Economia
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: El Món
Plaça Catalunya després de la privatització de La Plaça
Plaça Catalunya després de la privatització de La Plaça
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: melonet79
Centro de Estudios Despres del Cole_www.ComprarenLaVall.com
Centro de Estudios Despres del Cole_www.ComprarenLaVall.com
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: ComprarenLavall
després del foc
després del foc
Published: 2011/03/01
Channel: Carles Cerdà
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
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
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
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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
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
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Joan Manuel Serrat - Assaig i opinions abans i després d'un concert.-
Published: 2013/04/05
Channel: Pere Mas -La tieta-
Centenarian Chicago alderman marvels about the computer technology
Centenarian Chicago alderman marvels about the computer technology
Published: 2009/03/31
Channel: tedregencia
Aplec del Masnou 2014 Després del silenci de Marc Timón
Aplec del Masnou 2014 Després del silenci de Marc Timón
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: carmepru
Judge Leon
Judge Leon's Durbin ruling mistakes
Published: 2013/12/20
Channel: ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit
Després del misteri de les pizzes... Tornem amb Visca la Pepa!
Després del misteri de les pizzes... Tornem amb Visca la Pepa!
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: hhhh100000
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
[HIGHLIGHTS] Santos FC - FC Barcelona, 0-4 (FIFA Club World Cup 2011)
[HIGHLIGHTS] Santos FC - FC Barcelona, 0-4 (FIFA Club World Cup 2011)
Published: 2015/12/05
Channel: FC Barcelona
Dan Rostenkowski on the power of Richard J. Daley
Dan Rostenkowski on the power of Richard J. Daley
Published: 2010/11/05
Channel: MediaBurnArchive
Richard J Daley Documentary
Richard J Daley Documentary
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Patrick Dillon-2017
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VOTV - El Fraikin BM Granollers continua sense conèixer la derrota després de cinc jornades
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: VOTV
Un home està greu després de ser apunyalat davant l’hipòdrom de Son Pardo
Un home està greu després de ser apunyalat davant l’hipòdrom de Son Pardo
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: IB3 NOTÍCIES
Harold Washington on the Legacy of Richard J. Daley
Harold Washington on the Legacy of Richard J. Daley
Published: 2009/11/13
Channel: MediaBurnArchive
Political Scientist Dick Simpson On The Past And Present Of Chicago Machine Politics
Political Scientist Dick Simpson On The Past And Present Of Chicago Machine Politics
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: Upstream Ideas
Remembering Richard J.  Daley
Remembering Richard J. Daley
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: uicmedia
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VOTV - Trenquen les tanques de la via del tren després de reparar-les
Published: 2014/06/13
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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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