H I C A G O
R I B U T E
United States Senator
As an economist at the
University of Chicago, his research on labor and capital led him to advocate
formation of a U.S. Labor Party, and propelled him into politics. He was
elected alderman from Chicagos 5th Ward in 1939.
Four years later, during
World War II, Douglas enlisted in the Marine Corps. At age 50, serving in
the Pacific, he was wounded twice and was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism.
Returning home in 1948, he reentered politics, trouncing incumbent U.S.
Senator C. Wayland Brooks. Characteristic of the lopsided campaign, when
Brooks refused to debate, Douglas addressed an empty chair.
A forward-thinking politician
with high ideals, Douglas was frequently ahead of his time. He proposed
campaign finance reform in the 1940s
and worked on both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act
Douglas lived at 5650
South Blackstone Street for much of his life.