Mayor Benjamin Wright Raymond Biography

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Frank, S.B. Chicago: Memorable Events and the Mayors We’ve Had. S.B. Frank, 1894. SPE CCW 41/14

Mayor of Chicago, 1839-1840, 1842-1843

  • Whig Party
  • Elected third mayor of Chicago March 5, 1839; defeated James Curtiss (Democrat)
  • Elected sixth mayor (second term) March 7, 1842; defeated Augustus Garrett (Democrat) and Henry Smith (Liberty)
  • Inauguration to first term: March 7, 1839; inaugural address not available
  • Inauguration to second term: March 7, 1842

Biographical

  • Born June 15, 1801 in Rome, N.Y.
  • In 1835, married Amelia Porter, with whom he had two sons.
  • Owned and operated chain of general goods stores
  • President of the Elgin National Watch Company
  • Died April 6, 1883 in Chicago
  • Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago

Sources

  • 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.
  • "Obituary." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 6, 1883, p. 2.
  • "Obituary 3 -- no Title." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 7, 1883, p. 8.
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