|18th Mayor of Chicago|
March 11, 1856 – March 10, 1857
|Preceded by||Levi Boone|
|Succeeded by||John Wentworth|
|Born||January 13, 1805|
|Died||June 6, 1862 (aged 57)|
Connecticut, United States
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.
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).
- "Mayor Thomas Dyer Inaugural Address, 1856". www.chipublib.org. Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
- "Mayor John Wentworth Inaugural Address, 1857". www.chipublib.org. Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
- Group, Genealogy Trails History. "The History of Chicago's Mayors - presented by Illinois Genealogy Trails". www.genealogytrails.com. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- Goodspeed, Weston A. (Feb 6, 2017). The History of Cook County, Illinois. Jazzybee Verlag.
- Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872 by Robin L. Einhorn
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