1881 Chicago mayoral election

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1881 Chicago mayoral election
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Nominee Carter Harrison Sr. John Clark
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 35,668 27,925
Percentage 55.22% 43.23%

Mayor before election

Carter Harrison Sr.

Elected Mayor

Carter Harrison Sr.

The Chicago mayoral election of 1881 saw Democratic incumbent Carter Harrison Sr. defeat Republican John Clark, winning a majority of the vote and a nearly twelve point margin of victory.

The election took place on April 5.[1][2]

Unlike in the previous mayoral election, the Socialist Labor Party's nominee did not have much of an impact.


1881 Chicago mayoral election[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (incumbent) 35,668 55.22
Republican Eugene Sawyer 27,925 43.23
Independent Timothy O'Mara 764 1.18
Socialist Labor George Schilling 240 0.37
Turnout 64,597


  1. ^ "Mayor Carter Henry Harrison III Biography".
  2. ^ Currey, Josiah Seymour (1912). "Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, a Century of Marvelous Growth".
  3. ^ "RaceID=486013". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  4. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book. Chicago: Chicago Daily News. 1911. p. 538.