Mayor John Patrick Hopkins Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1893-1895

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected 35th mayor of Chicago December 19, 1893; defeated Michael Britzius (Socialist), George Bell Swift (Republican) and Ebenezer Wakely (People’s Party)
  • Inauguration: December 27, 1893


  • Born October 29, 1858 in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • In 1880, worked as a machinist with the Pullman Palace Car Co.
  • Started the Arcade Trading Co. in 1888, which later became the Secord and Hopkins Co.
  • Chicago’s first Irish Catholic mayor
  • Held many positions in national Democratic party
  • Never married
  • Died of influenza October 13, 1918 in Chicago
  • Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Chicago


  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "Influenza Kills John P. Hopkins, Former Mayor." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 14, 1918, p. 13.
  • "Thousands Pay Last Tribute to John P. Hopkins." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 17, 1918, p. 5.
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