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1883 Chicago mayoral election

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1883 Chicago mayoral election
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Carter Harrison, Sr. - Brady-Handy.jpg
Nominee Carter Harrison Sr. Eugene Cary
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 41,226 30,963
Percentage 57.11% 42.89%

Mayor before election

Carter Harrison Sr.

Elected Mayor

Carter Harrison Sr.

The Chicago mayoral election of 1883 saw Democratic incumbent Carter Harrison Sr. defeat Republican Eugene Cary by a double-digit margin. The election took place on April 3, 1883.[1][2]

By winning the 1883 election, Harrison became the second mayor in Chicago history to be elected to a third term (after only Francis Cornwall Sherman), and the first to be elected to a third consecutive term.

By the day of the election, Harrison was already the second-longest serving mayor in the city's history, and was only roughly a month shy of surpassing Monroe Heath as the longest serving mayor.

Harrison's 15% margin of victory was the greatest in all of his campaigns for mayor.[3]


A key issue of the election was the high licensing fees in the city.[4]

During the campaign, many reformers, newspapers, and business interests coalesced their support behind a Citizen's Ticket that supported Republican nominee Eugene Cary for mayor. [5]


1883 Chicago mayoral election[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (incumbent) 41,226 57.11
Republican Eugene Sawyer 30,963 42.89
Turnout 72,189

64% of the city's German population voted for Harrison.[4]


  1. ^ "Mayor Carter Henry Harrison III Biography".
  2. ^ Currey, Josiah Seymour (1912). Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, a Century of Marvelous Growth. S. J. Clarke publishing Company. p. 335.
  3. ^ Carter Harrison I: Policial Leader (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1928) pg. 288
  4. ^ a b Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97 Front Cover Richard Schneirov University of Illinois Press, 1998 (page 166-67)
  5. ^ Grafters and Goo Goos: Corruption and Reform in Chicago by James L. Merriner
  6. ^ "RaceID=486012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  7. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book. Chicago: Chicago Daily News. 1911. p. 538.
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