Mayor Buckner Stith Morris Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1838-1839

  • Whig Party
  • Elected second mayor of Chicago March 6, 1838; defeated William Jones (Democrat)


  • Born August 19, 1800 in Augusta, Ky.
  • Admitted to the bar in 1827
  • Married Miss Evilina Barker of Mason County, Ky. in 1832
  • Elected alderman of Sixth Ward in 1839
  • First wife died in 1847, leaving two daughters
  • Became a Mason in 1848 and eventually reached the highest degree attainable in America
  • Married Miss Eliza A. Stephenson in 1850
  • Second wife died in 1855, leaving one son
  • In 1856, married Mrs. M.E. Parrish, sister of his two business partners
  • Died December 16, 1879 in Chicago
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago


  • 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.
  • Visitors Guide to Historic Rosehill. Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1987.
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