Roswell B. Mason

American politician (1805-1892)

Roswell B. Mason (September 19, 1805 – January 1, 1892) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1869–1871) for the Citizens Party.

Roswell B. Mason
25th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded byJohn B. Rice
Succeeded byJoseph Medill
Personal details
Born(1805-09-19)September 19, 1805
New Hartford, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1892(1892-01-01) (aged 86)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Political partyCitizens Party
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

Roswell was born on September 19, 1805 in Hartford, New York. He was never married and had no children.

Roswell held a high position with the Illinois Central Railroad until he decided to run to be Mayor of Chicago on a reform ticket.[1] During Mason's administration, the Great Chicago Fire occurred. Mason responded by directing General Philip Sheridan to place the city under martial law.

Mason died on January 1, 1892 from natural causes in Chicago, Illinois, aged 86.

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  1. Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. pp. 389.