Individual Author Record
Name: Leon Mathis DespresPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction Born: 1908 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionA native of Chicago, Despres received his undergraduate and law degrees in 1927 and 1929, respectively, from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, before beginning a legal practice.
Biographical and Professional InformationLeon Desopres was an author, attorney and politician.In April 1955, Despres was elected to the Chicago City Council from the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, as alderman of the 5th ward. Serving until 1975, Despres gained fame as an independent Democrat, consistently opposing the policies of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Frequently on the short end of 49-1 votes, Despres became known as the "liberal conscience of Chicago.
*''Challenging the Daley Machine, A Chicago Alderman's Memoir'', Northwestern University Press, 2005