1983 Press Photo Bernard Epton American Illinois State Politician
Bernard Epton and his wife Audrey leave for vacation.Bernard Epton (August 25, 1921 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ December 13, 1987) was an American politician who served in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1983 he lost a close and contentious election for Mayor of Chicago; he would have become the city's first Jewish mayor, and its first Republican mayor since William "Big Bill" Thompson was defeated in 1931. Epton served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He flew twenty-five missions over Germany and twice earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the postwar years, Epton became a successful attorney specializing in insurance law. A graduate of the University of Chicago and DePaul University College of Law, he was an unsuccessful progressive Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois' 2nd congressional district in 1960, losing to Democratic incumbent Barratt O'Hara. (Wikipedia) Photo measures 8 x 10 in.
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