Bernard E. Epton papers
MSEpto94

 An inventory of its records at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Epton, Bernard E.
Title
Bernard E. Epton papers
ID
MSEpto94
Date [inclusive]
1960-1987
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Bernard Epton (1921 – 1987) was an American politician who served in the Illinois House of Representatives and made an unsucessful run for Mayor of Chicago in 1983. The Bernard E. Epton papers includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases, issue papers, photographs, certificates and an obituary. The papers focus on Epton's 1983 Republican campaign for Mayor of Chicago.

Preferred Citation

Bernard E. Epton papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

Return to Table of Contents »


Biography of Bernard Epton

Born in the early 1920s, Bernard Epton grew up in Chicago, attending Northwestern, the University of Chicago and DePaul University Law School. During World War II, Epton joined the Air Force, rising to rank of captain and flying 25 missions over Europe. For his service in the war, Epton recieved twelve awards, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. After returning from the war, Epton became a senior member of the law firm Epton, Mullin, Segal & Druth.

Epton also became involved in Illinois politics, serving as a State Representative for the 24th District for 14 years. As a legislator, he was named "Best Legislator" by the Independent Voters of Illinois. In 1983, Epton ran for the mayoralty of Chicago as a Republican. In the general election he faced Democrat Harold Washington, a leading African-American politician. When the Democratic Machine of Richard J. Daley broke ranks and supported the white Epton over his black Democratic opponent, the campaign became mired in racial controversy. Despite the white-backlash vote, however, Washington managed to win the election and became the first African-American mayor in Chicago history.

In addition to politics, Epton was involved in a number of local and charitable organizations, including the Jane Dent Home for the Aged, the American Cancer Society, the Illinois Hospital Association, the President's Council of St. Xavier College, the VFW, and the South Shore Lions Club.

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Contents

The Bernard E. Epton papers includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases, issue papers, photographs, certificates and an obituary. The bulk of the items are photocopies of originals held by Dale Epton and those returned to Marilyn Ladik, Epton's secretary.

The papers focus in on Epton's 1983 Republican campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Information on such political issues as campaign ethics, public safety and transportation, education, and economic development can be found in these papers. There is also Epton's report on the Harld Washington income tax court case. Also included are items relating to Etpon's army career, the Epton Foundation at St. Xavier University of Chicago, and family photographs.

Return to Table of Contents »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-06-14

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Dale Epton through the auspices of Professor Mel Holli, UIC History Department.

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government.

Personal Name(s)

  • Epton, Bernard E. -- Archives
  • Washington, Harold, 1922-1987

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Elections -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Mayors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Election.

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Series I: Bernard E. Epton Papers 

Box Folder

Election literature, 1983 

1 1

Press releases/remarks/statements, 1983 

1 2

Issue Papers, 1983 

1 3

Legislative history, undated 

1 4

Media clippings, 1982-1983 

1 5

Non-Epton election information, undated 

1 6

Correspondence, 1970-1983 

1 7

Campaign strategy [including Timothy R. Fiala's resume RESTRICTED], 1983 

1 8

Unsolicited ideas from public, undated 

1 9

"The Case against Harold Washington", 1967-1983 

1 10

"The Case against Harold Washington", 1967-1983 

1 11

Misc. clippings, photographs and certificates, 1961-1982 

1 12

Return to Table of Contents »