Mayor James Curtiss Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1847-1848, 1850-1851

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected 11th mayor of Chicago March 2, 1847; defeated Philo Carpenter (Liberty) and John H. Kinzie (Whig)
  • Elected 13th mayor (second term) March 5, 1850; defeated Levi Day Boone and Lewis C. Kerchival (Democrats without formal party nomination)
  • Inauguration to first term: March 9, 1847
  • Inauguration to second term: March 12, 1850

Biographical

  • Born April 7, 1803 in Weathersford, Vt.
  • Worked in publishing early in his career
  • Practiced law and served as state’s attorney
  • Served as alderman for several years and later as clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for Cook County
  • Died November 2, 1859 in Joliet, Ill.
  • Gravesite is unknown

Sources

  • 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.
  • "Obituary 2 -- No Title." Chicago Press and Tribune, November 3, 1859, p. 1.
  • "Obituary 2 -- No Title." Chicago Press and Tribune, November 4, 1859, p. 1.
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