Eugene Sawyer

former mayor of the city of Chicago (1934-2008)

Eugene Sawyer (September 3, 1934 – January 19, 2008) was an American businessman and politician. He was the Mayor of Chicago from 1987 to 1989. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was the second African American to be mayor of Chicago.

Eugene Sawyer
53rd Mayor of Chicago
In office
December 2, 1987 – April 24, 1989
Preceded byDavid Duvall Orr
Succeeded byRichard M. Daley
Personal details
Born(1934-09-03)September 3, 1934
Greensboro, Alabama
DiedJanuary 19, 2008(2008-01-19) (aged 73)
Chicago, Illinois
Resting placeOak Woods Cemetery Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAlabama State University

Sawyer was born on September 3, 1934 in Greensboro, Alabama. He studied at Alabama State University. Sawyer never married and has no children. Sawyer died on January 19, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois from a stroke, aged 73.[1]


  1. "Former Mayor Eugene Sawyer Dies", Chicago Tribune, 2008-01-20, archived from the original on 2008-01-23, retrieved 2012-12-01

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