Mayor Alson Smith Sherman Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1844-1845

  • Independent Democratic Party
  • Elected eighth mayor of Chicago April 2, 1844; defeated Augustus Garrett (Democrat) and Henry Smith (Liberty)
  • Inauguration: April 2, 1844; inaugural address not available


  • Born April 21, 1811 in Barre, Vt.
  • In 1833, married Miss Aurora Abbott, whom he survived by nearly 20 years and with whom he had 14 children.
  • Served as alderman and fire chief
  • One of the city’s first icemen
  • Died September 22, 1903 in Waukegan, Ill.
  • Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Ill.


  • "Alson S. Sherman Dead." Chicago Daily Tribune, September 23, 1903, p. 5.
  • Andreas, A.T. History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. A.T. Andreas, 1884–86.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • Waller, C. L. “6 of the Oldest Cemeteries in Lake County.” Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), August 24, 1998, p. 1.
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