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(1925- )

SAVAGE, Gus, a Representative from Illinois; born in Detroit, Mich., October 30, 1925; attended the public schools of Chicago; graduated from Wendell Phillips High School, Chicago, Ill., 1943; B.A., Roosevelt College, Chicago, 1951; served in the United States Army, 1943-1946; graduate work, Roosevelt College, 1952; attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, 1952-1953; worked as a journalist, 1954-1979, and was editor and publisher, Citizen Community Newspapers, 1965-1979; a founder and chief strategist of black political independent movement in Midwest; campaign manager, Midwest League of Negro Voters, 1960; chairman, Protest at the Polls, 1963; chairman, Southend Voters Conference, Chicago, 1960; chairman, Committee for a Black Mayor, Chicago, 1976; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1970 to the Ninety-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1993); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; is a resident of Chicago, Ill.


”Gus Savage” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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