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William Emmett Dever
|William Emmett Dever|
|42nd Mayor of Chicago|
|Preceded by||William Hale Thompson|
|Succeeded by||William Hale Thompson|
|Born|| March 13, 1862|
|Died|| September 13, 1929 (aged 67)|
William Emmett Dever (March 13, 1862 – September 3, 1929) was an American politician who was the Mayor of Chicago from 1923 through 1928. During his term he helped clean and fix the entire city of Chicago.
Dever's term in office saw many improvements to the city, including the completion of Wacker Drive, the extension of Ogden Avenue, the straightening of the Chicago River and the building of the city's first airport, Municipal Airport. He also fought against the corrupting influence of bootlegging and gangsters. Despite considering himself a "wet", he enforced prohibition since it was the law of the land. The media labeled his war on bootleggers as the "Great Beer War" and it resulted in a decline of crime.
- Schmidt, John R. (10-03-2011). "William E. Dever: The Mayor Who Cleaned Up Chicago". Chicago History Today. WBEZ. http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-10-03/william-e-dever-mayor-who-cleaned-chicago-92024. Retrieved 05-29-2012.