Mayor Hempstead Washburne Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1891-1893


  • Born November 11, 1851 in Galena, Ill.
  • Studied metaphysics at University of Bonn, Germany
  • Graduated from Union College of Law (now Northwestern Law School) in 1876
  • Appointed master in chancery of the Superior Court in 1880
  • Married Miss Annie M. Clarke in 1883; together they had four children.
  • Elected Chicago city attorney in 1885
  • Died April 13, 1918 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.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "H. Washburne, Once Mayor of Chicago, Dies." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 14, 1918, p. 14.
  • "Men of Affairs to be at Bier of Washburne." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 15, 1918, p. 9.
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