Leon Mathis Despres

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General Information

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Name: Leon Mathis Despres

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction, History

Born: 1908 in Chicago, Illinois

Deceased: 2009 in Chicago, (Hyde Park) Illinois

Illinois Connection

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.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leon Desopres was an author, attorney and politician.In April 1955, Despres was elected to the Chicago City Council from the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, as alderman of the 5th ward. 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.

Published Works

  • Challenging the Daley Machine, A Chicago Alderman's Memoir, Northwestern University Press, 2005

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Challenging the Daley Machine: A Chicago Alderman's Memoir

ISBN: 0810122235
Release Date: 2005-04-20

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