Augustus Garrett

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Augustus Garrett
7th and 9th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded byAlson Sherman
Succeeded byJohn Putnam Chapin
In office
Preceded byBenjamin Wright Raymond
Succeeded byAlson Sherman
Personal details
Born1801 (1801)
New York, United States
DiedNovember 30, 1848(1848-11-30) (aged 46–47)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Eliza Clark
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

Augustus Garrett (1801 – November 30, 1848) was an American politician who twice served as Mayor of Chicago (1843–1844, 1845–1846). He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Garrett married Eliza Clark in 1825 and moved to Chicago from New York in 1834. He had a small auction house near the Chicago River and by the following year had formed a partnership with the Brown Brothers, which allowed him to become a leading land speculator and auctioneer. By October 1836, he had sales of more than $1.8 million.


In 1842, Garrett ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Chicago. He ran again in 1843 and was elected.

In 1844, Garrett initially won re-election, only to have the election invalidated based on charges of "illegal proceedings and fraud."[1] Garrett ran in a second election that year, but lost to Alson Sherman.

During his terms in office, Garrett pushed to have the first brick school in Chicago, Dearborn School, turned into either a warehouse or an insane asylum, believing that the building was too large for use as a school.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Following his death, Eliza established the Garrett Bible Institute, now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in nearby Evanston, Illinois.


  1. ^ Garrett, Augustus (March 7, 1844). "Inaugural Address of Mayor Augustus Garrett". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. p. 384.

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