Post Office Named For Prominent Champaign County Attorney

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A post office has been named for a former U.S. attorney who was also Champaign County’s first African-American state’s attorney.

Officials including U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Taylorville Republican, dedicated the Campustown post office Thursday for James R. Burgess.

Burgess was a commander of one of six African-American tank companies under General George Patton and fought in the infamous Battle of the Bulge.

He was elected state’s attorney in 1972. He was the first black in Champaign County history to win countywide office.

President Jimmy Carter nominated him to be U.S. attorney in 1977.

Burgess resigned the post in 1982 and returned to private practice.

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