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Hempstead Washburne
Hempstead Washburne Portrait.jpg
32nd Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 27, 1891 – April 17, 1893
Preceded byDeWitt Clinton Cregier
Succeeded byCarter Harrison Sr.
Personal details
Born(1851-11-11)November 11, 1851
Galena, Illinois
DiedApril 13, 1918(1918-04-13) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Resting placeGraceland Cemetery, Chicago
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Annie M. Clarke (m. 1883)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin Law School
Union College of Law

Hempstead Washburne (November 11, 1851 – April 13, 1918) was a Republican attorney and politician from Illinois who served as Mayor of Chicago from 1891 to 1893. He was the son of United States Secretary of State Elihu B. Washburne.


Hempstead Washburne was born in Galena, Illinois on November 11, 1851, and attended Maine's Kents Hill School. He studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1874. In 1875, he completed supplemental legal education at Union College of Law (now Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law).

Washburne practiced law in Chicago. In 1880 he was appointed master in chancery for the Superior Court of Cook County. In 1885 he was elected Chicago city attorney. He was reelected in 1887, but declined to run again in 1889.

In 1891, Washubrne was elected as mayor of Chicago, defeating Democratic incumbent DeWitt Cregier in a four-way race which also included former mayor Carter Harrison Sr. (running as an independent Democrat) and Washburne's own cousin once-removed Elmer Washburn. Washburne was sworn in as mayor on April 27, 1891.[1] As mayor, he presided over development of the World's Columbian Exposition. He did not seek reelection 1893, and was succeeded as mayor by Democrat Carter Harrison Sr. on April 17, 1893.[2]

After leaving the mayor's office, Washburne resumed practicing law, and became active in several business ventures. He also stayed active in government by serving on Chicago's civil service commission. He suffered a stroke and died in Chicago on April 13, 1918. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery.[3]


Graves of Anne and Hempstead Washburne at Graceland Cemetery
Graves of Anne and Hempstead Washburne at Graceland Cemetery

In 1883, Washburne married to Annie M. Clarke (1856-1939), a stage actress and the daughter of a prominent Chicago banker; they were the parents of four children.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Mayor Hempstead Washburne Inaugural Address, 1891". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Mayor Carter Henry Harrison III Inaugural Address, 1893". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Graceland Cemetery Last Resting Place for Notable Chicagoans". Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, IL. August 4, 1982. p. P1. Retrieved September 27, 2021 – via
  4. ^ Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1985 pgs. 22 & 32, c.1985 by Daniel C. Blum
  5. ^ Annie Clarke at Internet Broadway Database Retrieved June 22, 2017
  6. ^ Annie M. Clarke (New York Public Library, Billy Rose Collection) Retrieved June 22, 2017