|Birth: ||May 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 2000|
Jeanne Hurley was born in Chicago in 1922. She grew up on the North Shore were she graduated from New Trier High School, Barat College, and Northwestern University Law School.
She began her public career in 1952 as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County. She was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1956. In 1960 she married Senator Paul Simon, then a Member in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Jeanne Hurley Simon wrote, Codename: Scarlett (New York, 1989), a memoir of the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination
campaign--Paul Simon was a contender for the nomination.
In 1997, Mrs. Hurley Simon helped establish the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University where she was an adjunct professor of library affairs. In 1999, she and former first lady Barbara Bush presided over a literary summit at SIU.
Jeanne Hurley Simon was appointed Chairperson of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 1993 by President Clinton and reappointed in 1997.
Mrs. Simon is survived by her husband former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.), her daughter Sheila; her son Martin; and four grandchildren.
Paul Martin Simon (1928 - 2003)
Created by: Alethea England
Record added: May 07, 2011
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