Campustown post office named for James Burgess

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CHAMPAIGN - A central Illinois post office has been named for Champaign County's first African-American state's attorney.

City officials and lawmakers dedicated the Campustown post office for James R. Burgess on Thursday.  Burgess served as a commander of one of six African-American tank companies under General George Patton, and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Burgess became the first African-American man in Champaign County to be elected to countywide office when he elected to be state's attorney in 1972.  U.S. President Jimmy Carter nominated Burgess to be a U.S. attorney in 1977.  Burgess remained in that post until his resignation in 1982, after which he returned to private practice.
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