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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1st Irish American Catholic Chicago Mayor
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 02:34:35 -0500


John Patrick Hopkins

b. October 29, 1858;

d. October 13, 1918
buried in Calvary Cemetery

Democrat Hopkins became mayor in 1893 in a special election held
after the assassination of Carter Harrison. As an official five years
earlier of theGeorg eF. Pullman Co., Hopkins was described by
contemporary writer William T. Stead in his book "If Christ Came to
Chicago: as the "only man in Pullman who dared call his soul his
own." He was mayor during the Pullman strike of 1894, during which he
used his own money to help feed the strikers.

He was the first of nine Irish-American Catholic mayors of Chicago

Thanks to Kim Thorp of Cook County Genealogy Trails for the online
listing of Chicago Mayors

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