Mayor Roswell B. Mason Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1869-1871

  • Citizens’ Party
  • Elected 25th mayor of Chicago November 2, 1869; defeated George W. Gage (Republican)
  • Inauguration: December 6, 1869


  • Born September 19, 1805 in New Hartford, N.Y.
  • Married Miss Harriet L. Hopkins in 1831; together they had eight children.
  • Appointed to the Chicago Board of Public Works
  • Served as trustee of the Illinois Industrial University (now the University of Illinois)
  • Worked as a civil engineer in the railroad industry
  • Died January 1, 1892 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.
  • Visitors Guide to Historic Rosehill. Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1987.
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