Mayor John Charles Haines Biography

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Frank, S.B. Chicago: Memorable Events and the Mayors We’ve Had. S.B. Frank, 1894. SPE CCW 41/14

Mayor of Chicago, 1858-1860

  • Republican Party
  • Elected 20th mayor of Chicago March 2, 1858; defeated Daniel Brainard (Democrat)
  • Elected to second term March 1, 1859; defeated Marcus Gilman (Democrat)
  • Inauguration to first term: March 2, 1858; inaugural address not available
  • Inauguration to second term: March 16, 1859

Biographical

  • Born May 26, 1818 in Deerfield, N.Y.
  • Purchased Chicago Flour Mills in 1846
  • Elected to City Council in 1848; served six years
  • Twice elected as water commissioner and twice elected to Illinois State Senate
  • After leaving public life, engaged in the banking business
  • Nicknamed the “Dusty Miller”
  • Survived by his wife and four children
  • Died July 4, 1896 in Waukegan, Ill.
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago

Sources

  • Andreas, A.T. History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. A.T. Andreas, 1884–86.
  • "Death of Ex-Mayor Haines." Chicago Daily Tribune, July 5, 1896, p. 34.
  • "Ex-Mayor Haines Dead." Chicago Daily Tribune, July 5, 1896, p. 15.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • Visitors Guide to Historic Rosehill. Chicago: Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1987.
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