Francis Cornwall Sherman

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Francis Cornwall Sherman
5th & 23rd Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by Alexander Loyd
Succeeded by Benjamin Wright Raymond
In office
Preceded by Julian Sidney Rumsey
Succeeded by John Blake Rice
Personal details
Born (1805-09-18)September 18, 1805
Newtown, Connecticut
Died November 7, 1870(1870-11-07) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Francis Cornwall Sherman (September 18, 1805 – November 7, 1870; buried in Graceland Cemetery) served as Mayor of Chicago, Illinois three terms (1841–1842, 1862–1865) for the Democratic Party. Sherman arrived in Chicago in April 1834 from Newtown, Connecticut. He was a brick manufacturer and made the bricks for Archibald Clybourne's mansion. In July 1835, he was elected a village trustee. In 1837, he opened the City Hotel, later the Sherman House. He continued to work as a contractor and builder, eventually serving as mayor of Chicago three times. Sherman also served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and in the Illinois House of Representatives. His son, Francis Trowbridge Sherman, was a brigadier general in the Union Army during the Civil War.[1][2]


  1. ^ Sherman Biography at Chicago Public Library
  2. ^ 'Chicago's Mayors A Collection of Biographies of All Chicago's Mayors,' Elaine C. Shipley, pg. 17-18

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