Hempstead Washburne

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Hempstead Washburne
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32nd Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by DeWitt Clinton Cregier
Succeeded by Carter Harrison, Sr.
Personal details
Born (1851-11-11)November 11, 1851
Died April 13, 1918(1918-04-13) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Political party Republican
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Hempstead Washburne (November 11, 1852 – April 13, 1918) was a Republican attorney and politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1891 to 1893. He was the son of Elihu B. Washburne.


Hempstead Washburne was born in Galena, Illinois on November 11, 1851, and attended Maine's Kents Hill School. He studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1874. In 1875 he completed supplemental legal education at Union College of Law (now Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law).

Washburne practiced law in Chicago. In 1880 he was appointed master in chancery for the Superior Court. In 1885 he was elected Chicago city attorney. He was reelected in 1887, but declined to run again in 1889. From 1891 to 1893 Washburne served as mayor. As mayor, he presided over development of the World's Columbian Exposition.

After leaving the mayor's office, Washburbe resumed practicing law, and became active in several business ventures. He also stayed active in government by serving on Chicago's civil service commission. He suffered a stroke and died in Chicago on April 13, 1918. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery.[1]


In 1883 Washburne married Annie M. Clarke, the daughter of a prominent Chicago banker; they were the parents of four children.


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