Mayor Charles McNeill Gray Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1853-1854

  • Democratic Party (without formal party nomination)
  • Elected 15th mayor of Chicago March 14, 1853; defeated Josiah L. James (Democrat without formal party nomination)
  • Inauguration: March 7, 1853


  • Born March 7, 1807 in Sherburne, N.Y.
  • Married Miss Mary Ann Haines in 1832 in Philadelphia
  • Worked in construction until an injury forced him into other work
  • Served as a street commissioner for three years and later in the Fire Department as first assistant foreman
  • Early business partner of Cyrus McCormick but sold his interest to William B. Ogden
  • Worked as a freight agent for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad
  • Died October 17, 1885 in Chicago
  • Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago


  • Andreas, A.T. History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. A.T. Andreas, 1884–86.
  • "Funeral of Charles M. Gray." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 21, 1885, p. 7.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "Obituary." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 18, 1885, p. 11.
  • "They Have Gone Before." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 20, 1885, p. 2.
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