Alexander Loyd

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Alexander Loyd
4th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by Benjamin Wright Raymond
Succeeded by Francis Cornwall Sherman
Personal details
Born (1805-08-19)August 19, 1805
Orange County, New York
Died May 7, 1872(1872-05-07) (aged 66)
West Lyons, IL
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Alexander Loyd (also Alexander Lloyd) (August 19, 1805 – May 7, 1872)[1] served one term as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1840 until 1841 for the Democratic Party.

Loyd was born in Orange County, New York. He arrived in Chicago in 1833, and opened a shop. Within four years, he was considered a principal contractor, carpenter and builder in Chicago.[2]

He was elected to the Chicago Board of Trustees in 1835.[3] By then, he was a member of the volunteer Fire Department, and was named Chief Engineer in 1838, serving for one year.[3] He became the 4th Mayor of Chicago in 1840, defeating Benjamin Wright Raymond.

He served as a Trustee of the 2nd district of the Chicago Schools in 1842.[3] When G. W. Snow, alderman of the 2nd ward, resigned in 1850. Loyd was elected to finish Snow's term.[3]

He died in 1872, of “rheumatism of the heart” and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chicago Tribune Obit, dated May 8, 1872, page 6.
  2. ^ Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. p. 384. 
  3. ^ a b c d Andreas, A.T. (1884), History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, 1, Chicago, IL: A.T. Andreas 

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