Mayor Julian Sidney Rumsey Biography

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

Mayor of Chicago, 1861-1862

  • Republican Party
  • Elected 22nd mayor of Chicago April 16, 1861; defeated Thomas B. Bryan (Union)
  • Inauguration: May 6, 1861


  • Born April 3, 1823 in Batavia, N.Y.
  • Married the daughter of John Turner in 1848; together they had nine children.
  • Worked as a grain merchant
  • Served as Cook County treasurer and president of the Board of Trade
  • Died April 20, 1886 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.
  • "The Election Yesterday." Chicago Tribune, April 17, 1861, p. 4.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "Julian S. Rumsey." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 21, 1886, p. 1.