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Byrne , Jane (24 May 1933–14 November 2014), mayor of Chicago, was born Jane Margaret Burke in Chicago, Illinois. The second of six children of William Patrick Burke and Katherine Marie Nolan, she came from a well-heeled family (her father was a vice president of Inland Steel). She was raised in a devoutly Catholic household; two of her uncles were priests. The Burke family was also politically aware. Among her earliest “radio memories” were the voices of President ...

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Bertha Ethel Knight Landes. Lithographic crayon on paper, 1928, by Hugo Gellert. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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Landes, Bertha Ethel Knight (19 October 1868–29 November 1943), reformer and mayor, was born in Ware, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles Sanford Knight, a painter and Union army veteran, and Cordelia Cutter. Her father moved the family to Worcester and entered the real estate business in 1873. While a student at Indiana University, Bertha Knight lived for a time with her sister Jessie and brother-in-law ...

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Stanford, Sally (05 May 1903–01 February 1982), San Francisco madam, mayor of Sausalito, California, and restaurant owner, was born Marcia Busby in Baker City, Oregon. (Some sources give her name at birth as Mabel Janice Busby, but in her autobiography she says Marcia is her given name.) Little is known of her parentage or early life, except that she grew up in poverty on an Oregon farm. Sally supplemented the family’s income by caddying at a local golf course and working as a waitress....