|7th Mayor of Chicago|
|Preceded by||Benjamin Wright Raymond|
|Succeeded by||Alson Sherman|
|9th Mayor of Chicago|
|Preceded by||Alson Sherman|
|Succeeded by||John Putnam Chapin|
New York, United States
|Died||November 30, 1848 (aged 46–47)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Early life and career
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 1844 Garrett initially won re-election, only to have the election invalidated based on charges of "illegal proceedings and fraud." 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.
Death and legacy
- Garrett, Augustus (March 7, 1844). "Inaugural Address of Mayor Augustus Garrett". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. p. 384.