Eugene Sawyer

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b. September 3, 1934 – d. January 19, 2008

Chicago Mayor (1987-1989)
Chicago, 6th Ward Alderman (1971-1987)
Chicago, 6th Ward Democratic Committeeman (1968-1992)

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Employment and Electoral History

Teacher for one year in Mississippi. He spent two years working for Rockford Sprinklers before being hired at a South Side water filtration plant in 1959 as a lab technician.

Following his term as mayor, Sawyer and his friend, businessman Charles Harrison, III, partnered to form CEI International, a reseller of natural gas and other fuels. He served as vice president of the company until 1997.


  • 1956, Alabama State University, B.S., Secondary Education

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