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1885 Chicago mayoral election

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1885 Chicago mayoral election
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Carter Harrison, Sr. - Brady-Handy.jpg
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Nominee Carter Harrison Sr. Sidney Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 43,352 42,977
Percentage 50.09% 49.66%

Mayor before election

Carter Harrison Sr.
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Carter Harrison Sr.
Democratic

The Chicago mayoral election of 1885 saw Democratic incumbent Carter Harrison Sr. win an unprecedented fourth term, receiving a majority of voter and narrowly defeating Republican Sidney Smith by a less than half-percent margin of victory.

The election was held on April 7.[1][2]

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Transcription

Campaign

Republicans exploited controversies which had tarnished the image of Harrison's administration. Unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and patronage had been key controversies throughout his mayoralty.[3] In February 1885, a grand jury charged Michael Cassius McDonald's right-hand man Joseph Mackin. The charges against Mackin compounded with the preexisting rumors relating to Harrison to foster a public sentiment that challenged the popularity of Harrison.[3]

Harrison lost the support of many liberal German voters that had previously voted for him.[3]

Results

1885 Chicago mayoral election[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (incumbent) 43,352 50.09
Republican Sidney Smith 42,977 49.66
Prohibition William Bush 221 0.26
Turnout 86,550

Less than 50% of the city's German population voted for Harrison.[3]

References

  1. ^ https://www.chipublib.org/mayor-carter-henry-harrison-iii-biography/
  2. ^ Currey, Josiah Seymour (1912). "Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, a Century of Marvelous Growth".
  3. ^ a b c d 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 (pages 166-67)
  4. ^ "RaceID=486011". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  5. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book. Chicago: Chicago Daily News. 1911. p. 538.
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