Carter Harrison, Sr.

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Carter Harrison, Sr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd district
In office
1875–1879
Preceded by Jasper D. Ward
Succeeded by George R. Davis
29th Mayor of Chicago
In office
1879–1887
Preceded by Monroe Heath
Succeeded by John A. Roche
33rd Mayor of Chicago
In office
1893 – 1893 (assassinated in office)
Preceded by Hempstead Washburne
Succeeded by George Bell Swift
Personal details
Born (1825-02-15)February 15, 1825
Fayette County, Kentucky
Died October 28, 1893(1893-10-28) (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Sterans,
Sophonisba Grayson Preston
Children William , Caroline Dudley, Carter Henry, Hebe Grayson, Randolf, Harry Grayson, William Preston, Gracie, Edith
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. (February 15, 1825 – October 28, 1893) was an American politician who served as mayor of Chicago from 1879 until 1887; he was elected to a fifth term in 1893 but was assassinated before completing his term.

He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives. Harrison was the first cousin twice removed of President William Henry Harrison. He is also related to President Benjamin Harrison. His son, Carter Harrison, Jr. would later become Mayor of Chicago.

Harrison was born on February 15, 1825 in Fayette County, Kentucky.[1] He studied at Yale University. He was married two times and secretly engaged to another before his death. Harrison died on October 28, 1893 after being shot and killed in his home in Chicago, Illinois, aged 68.

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