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Frank J. Corr

In office
March 15, 1933 – April 8, 1933
Preceded by Anton Cermak
Succeeded by Edward J. Kelly

Born January 12, 1877(1877-01-12)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died June 3, 1934 (aged 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary
Religion Catholic

Frank J. Corr (Brooklyn, New York January 12, 1877 – June 3, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois) served as acting mayor of Chicago, Illinois in 1933 following the assassination of Anton Cermak. Corr was a Democrat.

Corr was born in Brooklyn, NY, but his family moved to Chicago in 1890 when he was thirteen years old.

A graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, he first entered politics in 1902 as assistant corporate council for Chicago. Although he briefly left that position to become a law partner to Judge Walter T. Stanton, he returned to the political post during the administration of Mayor William Dever.[1] During this time, he became active in ward politics and in 1931 was elected alderman for Chicago's 17th Ward.

Corr was in his second term as alderman when Cermak was assassinated in March 1933. The city council elected Corr to serve as Acting Mayor until the state General Assembly authorized the city council to appoint a permanent replacement for Cermak.[1][2] The special election was won by Edward Kelly.

During Corr's brief administration, his bodyguards killed a nineteen year old burglar when they heard a commotion at an hotel near Corr's house.[3] As Acting Mayor, Corr lacked the ability to sign tax warrants, limiting salary payments for city and school employees. When five aldermen traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas, Corr followed them to bring them back to Chicago to ensure that his replacement could be elected quickly.[2]

At the time of his death, Corr was serving as Alderman and running uncontested for election to the Circuit court. With his death the night before the election, he was replaced on the ballot by Cornelius J. Harrington.[1] Corr's father, Frank V. Corr, died four weeks before Frank Corr's death.[4] He was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c "Ald. F.J. Corr, Former Acting Mayor, Is Dead". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 1934-06-04.  
  2. ^ a b "Corr Acts to Hurry Mayor's Election". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 1933-04-09.  
  3. ^ "Bandit Wounded by Corr Home Guard is Dead". Chicago Tribune: p. 8. 1933-04-06.  
  4. ^ "Death Notices". Chicago Tribune. 1934-05-09.  
Preceded by
Anton Cermak
Mayor of Chicago
Succeeded by
Edward J. Kelly


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