Mayor DeWitt Clinton Cregier Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1889-1891

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected 31st mayor of Chicago April 2, 1889; defeated Ira J. Mason (Prohibition), Charles Orchardson (Socialist) and John A. Roche (Republican)
  • Inauguration: April 15, 1889


  • Born June 1, 1829 in New York, N.Y.
  • In 1853, married Miss Mary S. Foggin of New York City; together they had 10 children.
  • For 25 years he was chief and designing engineer of Chicago Water Department.
  • Appointed superintendent of the United States Indian Warehouse in Chicago by President Cleveland in 1894
  • Died November 9, 1898 in Chicago
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago


  • "Death Claims D. C. Cregier." Chicago Daily Tribune, November 10, 1898, p. 7.
  • "DeWitt C. Cregier is Buried." Chicago Daily Tribune, November 13, 1898, p. 3.
  • Emma, Gloria. The New York Orphan Who Built Chicago: The Story of DeWitt Clinton Cregier, a 19th Century American Engineering Genius. Gloria Cregier Emma, 2011.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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