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How To Be A Mayor

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How To Be A Mayor

What does it take to become mayor of Chicago? Here’s a look at what the city’s mayors did before taking office, going back to shortly after the Civil War, when Chicago grew in prominence as a city and the mayor’s office went from civic post to political office.

  • Rahm Emanuel: White House chief of staff, congressman
  • Richard M. Daley: Cook County state’s attorney, state senator, delegate to the 1970 constitutional convention
  • Harold Washington: congressman, state senator, state representative
  • Jane Byrne: Director, Chicago Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Richard J. Daley: Cook County Clerk, director of Illinois Department of Finance, state senator, state representative
  • Martin Kennelly: President, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Anton Cermak: President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
  • William Hale Thompson: Alderman
  • William E. Dever: Judge of the Cook County Superior Court, alderman
  • Carter Harrison Jr.: Son of Mayor Carter Harrison Sr.
  • Fred Busse: Chicago postmaster, state treasurer
  • Edward F. Dunne: Circuit Court Judge
  • John Patrick Hopkins: Hyde Park Treasurer, chairman of Cook County Democratic Party
  • George Bell Swift: Alderman, Commissioner of Public Works
  • Hempstead Washburne: city attorney
  • DeWitt Clinton Cregier: chief engineer, Chicago Water Department
  • John A. Roche: state representative
  • Carter Harrison Sr.: Congressman, Cook County Commissioner
  • Monroe Heath: Alderman
  • Harvey Colvin: city treasurer
  • Joseph Medill: Delegate, 1870 constitutional convention; member, federal Civil Service Commission
  • Roswell Mason: Chicago Board of Public Works
  • John B. Rice: theater owner
  • Francis Cornwall Sherman: hotelier, village trustee

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