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Mayors of Chicago, Illinois, current or previous

The mayoral term in Chicago was two years from 1837 through 1907, at which time it was lengthened to four years. Until 1861, municipal elections were held in March. In that year, legislation changed them to April. In 1869, however, election time was changed to November, and terms expiring in April of that year were lengthened.

# Name Term Party Notes
1 William Butler Ogden 1837-1838 Democratic
2 Buckner Stith Morris 1838-1839 Whig
3 Benjamin Wright Raymond 1839-1840 Whig
4 Alexander Lloyd 1840-1841 Democratic
5 Francis Cornwall Sherman 1841-1842 Democratic
6 Benjamin Wright Raymond 1842-1843 Whig
7 Augustus Garrett 1843-1844 Democratic
8 Alson Sherman 1844-1845 Independent Democrat
9 Augustus Garrett 1845-1846 Democratic
10 John Putnam Chapin 1846-1847 Whig
11 James Curtiss 1847-1848 Democratic
12 James Hutchinson Woodworth 1848-1850 Independent Democrat
13 James Curtiss 1850-1851 Democratic
14 Walter S. Gurnee 1851-1853 Democratic
15 Charles McNeill Gray 1853-1854 Democratic
16 Isaac Lawrence Milliken 1854-1855 Democratic
17 Levi Day Boone 1855-1856 Know-Nothing
18 Thomas Dyer 1856-1857 Democratic
19 John Wentworth 1857-1858 Democratic
20 John Charles Haines 1858-1860 Democratic
21 John Wentworth 1860-1861 Democratic
22 Julian Sidney Rumsey 1861-1862 Republican
23 Francis Cornwall Sherman 1862-1865 Democratic
24 John Blake Rice 1865-1869 Republican
25 Roswell B. Mason 1869-1871 Citizens
26 Joseph Medill 1871-1873 Fireproof
27 Harvey Doolittle Colvin 1873-1875 People's
28 Monroe Heath 1876-1879 Republican
29 Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. 1879-1887 Democratic
30 John A. Roche 1887-1889 Republican
31 DeWitt Clinton Cregier 1889-1891 Republican
32 Hempstead Washburne 1891-1893 Republican
33 Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. 1893 Democratic Assassinated in office
34 George Bell Swift 1893 Republican Mayor Pro Tem
35 John Patrick Hopkins 1893-1895 Democratic
36 George Bell Swift 1895-1897 Republican
37 Carter Henry Harrison, Jr. 1897-1905 Democratic
38 Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne 1905-1907 Democratic
39 Fred A. Busse 1907-1911 Republican
40 Carter Henry Harrison, Jr. 1911-1915 Democratic
41 William Hale Thompson 1915-1923 Republican
42 William Emmett Dever 1923-1927 Democratic
43 William Hale Thompson 1927-1931 Republican
44 Anton Cermak 1931-1933 Democratic Assassinated in office
45 Frank J. Corr March 15, 1933 - April 17, 1933 Democratic 32 days, Acting Mayor
46 Edward Joseph Kelly April 17, 1933 - April 15, 1947 Democratic
47 Martin H. Kennelly April 15, 1947 - April 20, 1955 Democratic
48 Richard J. Daley April 20, 1955 - December 20, 1976 Democratic Died in Office
49 Michael Anthony Bilandic December 28, 1976 - April 16, 1979 Democratic
50 Jane Margaret Byrne April 16, 1979 - April 29, 1983 Democratic
51 Harold Washington April 29, 1983 - November 25, 1987 Democratic Died in Office
52 David Duvall Orr November 25, 1987 - December 2, 1987 Democratic 8 days, Interim Mayor
53 Eugene Sawyer December 2, 1987 - April 24, 1989 Democratic Elected by city council to complete Mayor Washington's term
54 Richard M. Daley April 24, 1989 - present Democratic

Living former mayors

As of January 2009, two former mayors were alive, the older being Jane Margaret Byrne (1979–1983, born 1934). The most recent mayor to die was Eugene Sawyer (1987–1989), on January 19, 2008.

Name Mayoral term Date of birth
Jane Margaret Byrne 1979–1983 May 24, 1934
David Orr 1987 October 4, 1944







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