Mayor Isaac Lawrence Milliken Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1854-1855

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected 16th mayor of Chicago March 13, 1854; defeated Amos G. Throop (Temperance)
  • Inauguration: March 15, 1854


  • Born August 29, 1815 in Saco, Maine
  • Trained as a blacksmith
  • Married Miss Almira Done of Racine, Wis.; they had no children.
  • Served two terms as alderman, as member of Board of Health, as assistant county judge and as police justice
  • Later left the Democratic Party to become a Republican
  • Died December 2, 1889 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.
  • "Funeral of Ex-Mayor Milliken." Chicago Daily Tribune, December 6, 1889, p. 6.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "An Old Settler Gone." Chicago Daily Tribune, December 3, 1889, p. 6.
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