John Charles Haines

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John Charles Haines
20th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by John Wentworth
Succeeded by John Wentworth
Personal details
Born May 26, 1818
Deerfield, New York, United States
Died July 4, 1896(1896-07-04) (aged 78)
near Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Chicago, Illinois

John Charles Haines (May 26, 1818 in New York - July 4, 1896; buried in Rosehill Cemetery) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1858–1860) for the Democratic Party.

Haines arrived in Chicago on May 26, 1834[1] and took on work as a clerk for George W. Merrill. By 1846 he formed a partnership with Jared Gage and acquired several flour mills. Haines worked to organize the Chicago waterwork beginning in 1854. In 1848, he was elected to the first of six terms on the city council and two terms as the water commissioner.[2][3] He was elected mayor in 1858 as a Republican, defeating Democrat Daniel Brainard with 54% of the vote.[4] He ran for re-election the following year against Marcus D. Gilman, winning with about 53% of the vote.[5]

Haines served as an elected members of the board of the Chicago Historical Society and on the Board of Health. He was also a founding member of the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1870, he was sent to the Illinois Constitutional Convention and helped write a new Constitution for the state.[2] He was elected to the State Senate for two terms from the First District in 1874. After he left the State Senate, he retired from public life near Waukegan, Illinois, where he owned a small farm.[2]

An elementary school, consisting of grades Pre-K to 8th, has been named after John Charles Haines. He was the brother of Illinois Speaker of the House Elijah Haines.


  1. ^ Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. p. 388. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ex-Mayor Haines Dead". Chicago Daily Tribune. Chicago. 07-05-1896. p. 15.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help);
  3. ^ Moses, John; Joseph Kirkland (1895). History of Chicago, Illinois. 1. Chicago: Munsell & Company. p. 132. 
  4. ^ Walker, Thomas (11-04-2008). "Chicago Mayor 1858". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 06-08-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  5. ^ Walker, Thomas (11-04-2008). "Chicago Mayor 1859". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 06-08-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)

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