Mayor John Putnam Chapin Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1846-1847

  • Whig Party
  • Elected 10th mayor of Chicago March 3, 1846; defeated Philo Carpenter (Liberty) and Charles Follansbee (Democrat)
  • Inauguration: March 3, 1846; inaugural address not available


  • Born April 21, 1810 in Rutland, Vt.
  • Served as alderman of the 1st Ward before being elected mayor
  • Better known as a merchant than a politician
  • Vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade
  • Died June 27, 1864 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.
  • "Death of an Old Citizen." Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1864, p. 4.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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