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1893 Chicago mayoral special election

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1893 Chicago mayoral special election
← 1893 December 19, 1893 1895 →
John Patrick Hopkins (1).jpg
George Bell Swift, Mayor of Chicago (1).jpg
Nominee John Patrick Hopkins George Bell Swift
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 112,959 111,660
Percentage 49.71% 49.14%

Mayor before election

George Bell Swift (appointed)

Elected Mayor

John Patrick Hopkins

In the Chicago mayoral special election of 1893 John Patrick Hopkins was elected mayor. The election was triggered by the assassination of mayor Carter Harrison Sr. (a Democrat that had been elected to his fifth non-consecutive term earlier that year). Following Harrison's death, Republican George Bell Swift had been appointed by City Council to serve as mayor until the special election could be held. In the election, which was held December 19,[1][2] Hopkins narrowly defeated Swift by a half-percent margin.

Hopkins became Chicago's first Irish-American mayor.[3]

The election was held amid a nationwide economic depression.[4]


1893 Chicago mayoral special election[5][1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Patrick Hopkins 112,959 49.71
Republican George Bell Swift (incumbent) 111,660 49.14
Independent Others 2,599 1.14
Turnout 227,218

Hopkins received 78.38% of the Polish-American vote, while Swift received 20.80%.[6]


  1. ^ a b The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book. Chicago: Chicago Daily News. 1911. p. 538.
  2. ^ Currey, Josiah Seymour (1912). Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, a Century of Marvelous Growth. S. J. Clarke publishing Company. p. 335.
  3. ^ "Mayor John Patrick Hopkins Biography". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  4. ^ Kelly, Jack (2019-01-08). The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America. ISBN 9781250128867.
  5. ^ "RaceID=12348600704". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Kantowicz, Edward. “The Emergence of the Polish-Democratic Vote in Chicago.” Polish American Studies, vol. 29, no. 1/2, 1972, pp. 67–80. JSTOR, JSTOR,
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