James Curtiss

American mayor and newspaper publisher (1803-1859)

James Curtiss (April 7, 1803 – November 2, 1859) was an American politician who was the Mayor of Chicago two times. He ran for the Democrat.

James Curtiss
11th Mayor of Chicago
In office
March 9, 1847 – March 14, 1848
Preceded byJohn Putnam Chapin
Succeeded byJames H. Woodworth
13th Mayor of Chicago
In office
March 12, 1850 – March 11, 1851
Preceded byJames H. Woodworth
Succeeded byWalter S. Gurnee
Personal details
BornMarch 29, 1806
Wethersfield, Connecticut
DiedNovember 2, 1859(1859-11-02) (aged 53)
Joliet, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mary Kimball
ChildrenJames, Mary Kimball, Sarah, Lucy Maria, Elizabeth, Laura, Charles Chauncy, Laura Minnie, George Warren
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

Curtiss was born on April 7, 1803 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.[1] He was raised in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Chicago, Illinois. Curtiss died on November 2, 1859 in Joliet, Illinois from an illness, aged 53.


  1. "Biography of Mayor Curtiss at Chicago Public Library". Chicago Public Library. 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-22.

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