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Hempstead Washburne

  • Birth 11 Nov 1851 Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 13 Apr 1918 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Lakeside Section, Lot 62
  • Memorial ID 5305351

Chicago Mayor. A graduate of Kent Hill College, Maine in 1871, he attended a two-year course at the University of Bonn; spent a year studying law at the University of Wisconsin; and graduated from Union College in Chicago in 1874. He established his practice there in 1875. He was Chicago's city attorney and master in chancery before his nomination for mayor in 1891. As mayor, he presided over the development of the World's Fair (Columbian Exposition), which was instrumental in establishing Chicago as a world-class city. Additionally, he reformed the police department, worked to reduce utility rates, and strengthened the building codes. After leaving office in 1893, he was engaged in various business ventures and served on the Civil Service Commission of Chicago.

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  • Originally Created by: Scott Maxwell
  • Added: 20 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5305351
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hempstead Washburne (11 Nov 1851–13 Apr 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5305351, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .