Mayor Monroe Heath Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1876-1879

  • Republican Party
  • Elected 28th mayor of Chicago July 12, 1876; defeated Mark Kimball (Democrat) and James J. McGrath (Independent)
  • Elected to second term April 3, 1877; defeated Perry H. Smith (Democrat)
  • Inauguration to first term: July 24, 1876
  • Inauguration to second term: April 30, 1877


  • Born March 27, 1828 in Grafton, N.H.
  • Went to California in 1849 and met with some success in the gold rush
  • Founded the paint-making concern Heath & Milligan Manufacturing Company in 1851 and served as its president
  • Married Miss Julia Dickerman of Jefferson, Ill. in 1853; together they had four children.
  • His business burnt to the ground twice: once in 1870, then again the following year in the Great Fire.
  • Elected alderman of 12th Ward in 1871; served five years
  • Died October 21, 1894 in Asheville, N.C.
  • Buried in Oakwoods 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.
  • "Monroe Heath Dead." Chicago Daily Tribune, October 22, 1894, p. 1.
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