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BITTER, Joseph

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Mayor Bitter with Mrs. Richard (Pat) Nixon). Photo courtesy: Tom Bitter
BITTER, Joseph J. (Dubuque, IA, Nov. 9, 1937--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 1, 2007). MAYOR. Representing Dubuque in 1973, Mayor Bitter accepted an award at the White House presented by Mrs. Pat Nixon on behalf of the American Association of Nurserymen. The award was for excellence in design and landscaping of the TOWN CLOCK PLAZA.

Bitter attended LORAS ACADEMY, LORAS COLLEGE and The University of Iowa Law School before returning to Dubuque in 1964 to establish his law practice. He practiced law in Dubuque for 43 years. In June of 1996, Joe was proud to have his son, Tom, join him in practice. Bitter served on the Dubuque City Council from 1970 to 1973 and as mayor of Dubuque in 1973 when the city purchased the bus system from INTERSTATE POWER COMPANY.

Source: "175 Years" Vol. II Telegraph Herald, p. 97