Mayor of Chicago, 1907-1911
- Republican Party
- Elected 39th mayor of Chicago April 2, 1907; defeated William A. Brubaker (Prohibition), Edward F. Dunne (Democrat) and George Koop (Socialist)
- Inauguration: April 15, 1907
- First mayor to serve four-year term, second Chicago-born mayor
- Born March 3, 1866 in Chicago
- His father, Gustave Busse, was a captain for the Union in the Civil War.
- President of Busse Coal Co.
- Elected to Illinois State House in 1894; re-elected 1896
- Elected to Illinois State Senate in 1898
- Elected State Treasurer in 1902
- President Roosevelt named him postmaster of Chicago in 1905.
- Secretly married Miss Josephine Lee in 1908; they had no children.
- Died July 9, 1914 in Chicago
- Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago
- "Death Closes Varied Career of Fred Busse." Chicago Daily Tribune, July 10, 1914, p. 5.
- Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
- "Roosevelt Glad for Busse." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 3, 1907, p. 5.