Deceased DC Council Chairman Plead with Feds

Today’s Washington Post carried the news of the former Washington City Council Chairman Gilbert Hahn Jr.’s death. A leader during the city’s transition from federal fiefdom to self-government, the Republican, as the obit noted, clashed with the Mayor and the Nixon White House.

Hahn plead with the federal government for a loan to help the DC Armory Board pay the interest of $400,000 on RFK Stadium. City officials had taken Treasury loans for the stadium’s interest payment since the stadium’s construction in 1961. The federal government eventually paid for the construction.

His obit:


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