Mayor of Chicago, 1837–1838
“I was born close to a saw mill, was early left an orphan, christened in a millpond, graduated at a log school house, and at 14 fancied I could do any thing I turned my hand to, and that nothing was impossible…”—William B. Ogden
- Democratic Party
- Elected first mayor of Chicago May 2, 1837; defeated John H. Kinzie (Whig)
- Born June 15, 1805 in Walton, N.Y.
- Elected to the Legislature of New York in 1834
- Elected to the Illinois Senate in 1860
- Married Miss Mariana Arnot in 1875
- Died August 3, 1877 in Fordham Heights, N.Y.
- Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
- 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.