Joseph Medill

American newspaper editor, publisher, and politician (1823–1899)

Joseph Medill (April 6, 1823 – March 16, 1899) was a Canadian-American newspaper editor and politician who was the Mayor of Chicago from 1871 through 1873. He left as mayor of Chicago because he was going on a tour to Europe. He left Lester L. Bond as the mayor for 3½ months.

Joseph Medill
26th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded byRoswell B. Mason
Succeeded by(Lester L. Bond), Harvey Doolittle Colvin
Personal details
Born(1823-04-06)April 6, 1823
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedMarch 16, 1899(1899-03-16) (aged 75)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Resting placeGraceland Cemetery, Uptown, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyFireproof
ChildrenKate Medill
Elinor Medill
ResidenceWheaton, Illinois

Medill was born on April 6, 1823 in Saint John, New Brunswick.[1] He was never married. He had 2 children. Medill died on March 16, 1899 in San Antonia, Texas, aged 75.


  1. Rushton, Wyatt (1916). Joseph Medill and the Chicago Tribune (thesis). University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved 2007-10-24. and White, James Terry (1895). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the United States. James T. White & Company, via New York Public Library via Google Books full view. Retrieved 2007-10-24.