Marian Despres

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Marian Despres (1909-2007) was the wife of Leon Despres

Launching Harold

Marian Despres played a part in launching the political career of future Chicago Mayor Harold Washington[1].

From 1946 to 1951 she was an assistant psychology professor at Roosevelt University, where she urged a young student named Harold Washington to run for the student council presidency, which he won. As mayor of Chicago, Washington often said that Despres had launched his political career.

Salute to Harold Washington

On April 6, 1983, the Hyde Park Herald published an endorsement from the Hyde Park/Kenwood Citizens Committee of Democratic Party Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington. Signatories to the endorsement included Marian Despres and Leon Despres.[2]