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The Honorable Ray Ewell

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
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Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Michigan
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Michigan
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Raymond Whitney Ewell was born on December 29, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second child of Whitney and Severine Ewell. Ewell attended Corpus Christi Elementary School and Englewood High School before entering the University of Illinois, where he received his B.A. degree in history and his M.A. degree in history education. Ewell then studied at the University of Chicago Law School, graduating in 1954. Membership in the 4th Ward’s Young Democratic Organization proved unrewarding. After military service, Ewell briefly operated a gas station before deciding to practice law. Ewell became a partner in the firm of Ewell, Graham, McCormick, Ross and Davidson.

Ewell’s interest in politics was renewed during Charles Chew’s campaign for Alderman in 1963. Chew, in turn, would become a mentor to Ewell, inspiring him to run for a seat in the state legislature in 1966. While in office, Ewell served as Spokesman for Elections. Ewell was active in Springfield when the first Black Caucus was formed and served as a state legislator until 1983. Currently, Ewell manages his own real estate firm.

Over the years, Ewell has been involved in many organizations, including the YMCA, the NAACP and the Chicago Conference to “Fulfill These Rights.” He and his wife, Joyce, are the parents of three sons.

Ewell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 7, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Raymond Ewell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Raymond Ewell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Raymond Ewell talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Raymond Ewell talks about the changing demographics of Chicago's South Side from the 1930's
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Raymond Ewell talks about his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Raymond Ewell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Raymond Ewell describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Raymond Ewell talks about his experience in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Raymond Ewell talks about his decision to go to the University of Chicago Law School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Raymond Ewell talks about his decision to go to the University of Chicago Law School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Raymond Ewell remembers starting his law practice in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Raymond Ewell remembers a missed opportunity to own a building in the Chicago Loop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Raymond Ewell talks about understanding the difficulties that people who came before him went through
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Raymond Ewell recalls the political corruption in Chicago, Illinois in the 1950's and 1960's
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Raymond Ewell describes other black politicians in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Raymond Ewell talks about beginning his career in politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Raymond Ewell recalls the personality of State Senator Charlie Chew, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Raymond Ewell recalls the personality of State Senator Charlie Chew, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Raymond Ewell describes how he became an Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Raymond Ewell remembers the personality of State Senator Charlie Chew
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Raymond Ewell describes the relationship between Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Raymond Ewell describes the environment of the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Raymond Ewell remembers standing up against the political organization
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Raymond Ewell describes the formation of the first black caucus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Raymond Ewell talks about the viability of the black caucus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Raymond Ewell describes the election of Cecil Partee as President pro tempore of the Illinois State Senate, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Raymond Ewell describes the election of Cecil Partee as President pro tempore of the Illinois State Senate, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Raymond Ewell talks about his proudest accomplishments in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Raymond Ewell reflects upon his legacy