Distinguished African American Political and Governmental Leaders

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William Levi Dawson
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Born: April 26, 1886, in Albany, Georgia

Status: Died November 9, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois

Education: B.A. magna cum laude, 1909, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee; attended Kent College Law School, Chicago, Illinois; law degree, Northwestern University law school, Evanston, Illinois; admitted to the Illinois bar, 1920

Position: First lieutenant, U.S. Army ( WWI), 1917-1919; established law practice, 1920; elected Republican state committeeman, Chicago, Illinois, 1932; member, Chicago City Council, Chicago, Illinois, 1933-1939; elected committeeman of the Second Ward, Chicago, Illinois, 1940; appointed assistant chairman, Democratic National Committee, 1944; elected vice chairman, Democratic National Committee; U.S. representative from the First Congressional District of Illinois, 1943-1970


Early Years

William Levi Dawson was born on April 26, 1886, in Albany, Georgia. His father, Levi Dawson, a barber, died when Dawson was just a child. Dawsons' family was financially comfortable for the times. His mother, Rebecca Kendrick Dawson, worked hard to instill in Dawson and his siblings the value of a good education. Dawson was a bright child and did well in the schools in Georgia; upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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