Alexander Loyd
4th Mayor of Chicago
In office
March 9, 1840 – March 4, 1841
Preceded byBenjamin Wright Raymond
Succeeded byFrancis Cornwall Sherman
Chief Engineer of the Chicago Fire Department[1]
In office
MayorBenjamin Wright Raymond
Preceded byJohn M. Turner
Succeeded byAlvin Calhoun
Chicago Alderman from the 2nd Ward[2][3]
In office
Preceded byGeorge W. Snow
Succeeded byHugh Maher
Chicago Village Trustee
In office
Personal details
Born(1805-08-19)August 19, 1805
Orange County, New York
DiedMay 7, 1872(1872-05-07) (aged 66)
West Lyons, IL
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)Chicago, Illinois

Alexander Loyd (also Alexander Lloyd) (August 19, 1805 – May 7, 1872)[4] served one term as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1840 until 1841 for the Democratic Party.

Early life and career

Loyd was born in Orange County, New York. He arrived in Chicago in 1833, and opened a shop. Within four years, he was considered a principal contractor, carpenter and builder in Chicago.[5]

He was elected to the Chicago Board of Trustees in 1835.[6] By then, he was a member of the volunteer Fire Department, and became Chief Engineer in 1838, serving for one year.[6]


Loyd became the 4th Mayor of Chicago in 1840, defeating incumbent Whig Benjamin Wright Raymond.

Lloyd was sworn in as mayor on March 9, 1840.[7]

His mayoralty ended on March 4, 1841, when he was succeeded in office by fellow Democrat Francis Cornwall Sherman.[8]


He served as a Trustee of the 2nd district of the Chicago Schools in 1842.[6] When G. W. Snow, alderman of the 2nd ward, resigned in 1850. Loyd was elected to finish Snow's term, serving for one year.[2][6]

He died in 1872, of "rheumatism of the heart" and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT" (PDF). City of Chicago. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Centennial List of Mayors, City Clerks, City Attorneys, City Treasurers, and Aldermen, elected by the people of the city of Chicago, from the incorporation of the city on March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1937, arranged in alphabetical order, showing the years during which each official held office". Archived from the original on September 4, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Moses, John (1895). ... History of Chicago, Illinois: Pre-historic agencies ; Rise and fall of French dominion ; First permanent settlement ; The massacre ; Rudimentary. Munsell & Company. pp. 115, 132, 133, 139, 226. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Obituary". Chicago Tribune. May 8, 1872. p. 6. Retrieved November 15, 2021 – via
  5. ^ Gale, Edwin O. (1902). Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: Revell. pp. 384.
  6. ^ a b c d Andreas, Alfred Theodore (1884). History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Vol. I. A. T. Andreas Company. pp. 620–621. Retrieved November 15, 2021 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Mayor Alexander Loyd Inaugural Address, 1840". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Mayor Francis Cornwall Sherman Inaugural Address, 1841". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved May 26, 2020.