John Putnam Chapin

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John Putnam Chapin
10th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded byAugustus Garrett
Succeeded byJames Curtiss
Personal details
Born(1810-04-21)April 21, 1810
Bradford, Vermont
DiedJuly 27, 1864(1864-07-27) (aged 54)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyWhig
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

John Putnam Chapin (April 21, 1810 – July 27, 1864; buried in Graceland Cemetery) served as Mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1846–1847) for the Whig Party.

Chapin left his hometown to enter the mercantile business in Haverhill, New Hampshire before moving to Chicago in 1832.[1] In Chicago he became a member of the wholesale and retail merchants firm Wadsworth, Dyer & Chapin until it was dissolved in 1843.[1] Following the dissolution of the firm, Chapin joined the Canal Boat Transportation Company. He was a founding member of the Chicago Board of Trade.

In 1846, Chapin ran for mayor of Chicago as a Whig against Democratic nominee Charles Follansbee and Liberty Party nominee Philo Carpenter, winning the office with just over 55% of the vote.[2]

Following his term as Mayor, Chapin was elected to the city council in 1859. In 1861, he was nominated by the Union ticket for the office of Commissioner of Public Works. As Chapin was a Republican, he declined the nomination as he felt it was a mischievous move on the part of the Democrats.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Death of an Old Citizen". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. 1864-06-28.
  2. ^ Walker, Thomas (11-04-2008). "Chicago Mayor 1846". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 06-05-2012. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  3. ^ Chapin, John Putnam (04-12-1861). "Important Announcement". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. Check date values in: |date= (help)