George Washington COLLINS, Congress, IL (1925-1972)


COLLINS, George Washington, (husband of Cardiss Collins), a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., March 5, 1925; graduated from Waller High School and studied business law at Northwestern University; served with Army Engineers in South Pacific during the Second World War; after being discharged, held positions with Cook County sheriff’s department, the municipal court system, and the Board of Health; administrative assistant to health commissioner, 1963; alderman, Chicago city council, 1964-1970; elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the Ninety-second Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Daniel J. Ronan and reelected to the succeeding Congress (November 3, 1970-December 8, 1972); died in an air crash during landing approach to Midway Airport, Chicago, Ill., December 8, 1972; interment in Burr Oak Cemetery.


”George Washington Collins” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present