Thomas Dyer

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Thomas Dyer
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18th Mayor of Chicago
In office
March 11, 1856[1] – March 10, 1857[2]
Preceded byLevi Boone
Succeeded byJohn Wentworth
Personal details
Born(1805-01-13)January 13, 1805
Canton, Connecticut
DiedJune 6, 1862(1862-06-06) (aged 57)
Connecticut, United States
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

Thomas Dyer (January 13, 1805 – June 6, 1862; buried in Connecticut) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1856–1857) for the Democratic Party. He also served as the founding president of the Chicago Board of Trade.

He was a former meat-packing partner of former mayor John Putnam Chapin, who was one of Chicago's first meat packers. Chapin built a slaughterhouse on the South Branch of the Chicago River in 1844.[3]

Running as a "pro-Nebraska" Democrat (aligned with Stephen A. Douglas, who publicly backed his candidacy), Dyer won the contentious 1856 Chicago mayoral election, defeating former mayor Francis Cornwall Sherman (who ran as an anti-Nebraska candidate).[4][5]


  1. ^ "Mayor Thomas Dyer Inaugural Address, 1856". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Mayor John Wentworth Inaugural Address, 1857". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ Group, Genealogy Trails History. "The History of Chicago's Mayors - presented by Illinois Genealogy Trails". Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ Goodspeed, Weston A. (Feb 6, 2017). The History of Cook County, Illinois. Jazzybee Verlag.
  5. ^ Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872 by Robin L. Einhorn

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