Mayor Levi Day Boone Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1855-1856


  • Born December 8, 1808 in Lexington, Ky.
  • Nephew of Daniel Boone
  • Married Louisa M. Smith in 1833; she was the daughter of State Supreme Court Justice Theophilus W. Smith; they had 11 children.
  • Served as city physician for a number of years
  • Worked in the insurance business when ill health prevented him from practicing medicine
  • Held under military arrest for assisting a prisoner escape from Camp Douglas; he was later cleared of charges.
  • Served eight years as alderman of the 2nd Ward
  • Died January 24, 1882 in Chicago
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago


  • 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." Chicago Daily Tribune, January 25, 1882, p. 3.
  • "Obituary." Chicago Daily Tribune, January 27, 1882, p. 6.
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