Mayor Thomas Dyer Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1856-1857


  • Born January 13, 1805 in Canton, Conn.
  • Son of a Revolutionary War officer
  • Worked in mercantile pursuits and then in packing and shipping grain
  • Served one term in the Legislature and twice as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention
  • President of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce
  • Had one son with his first wife, Miss Adaline Hopkins
  • Died June 6, 1862 in Middletown, Conn.
  • Gravesite is unknown


  • Andreas, A.T. History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. A.T. Andreas, 1884–86.
  • "Death of the Hon. Thomas Dyer." Chicago Tribune, June 11, 1862, 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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