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  • THE MAYOR

    Price: $1,100.00

    Brian Morgan

    Original

    Year: 2015 Medium: Vinyl, Acrylic, India Ink on Board Size: 20" x 16"

    BMA1056

    New York born William Butler Ogden (1805-1877) arrived in town in 1835 and was elected Chicago’s first mayor two years later. He established the real estate and trust company known as Ogden & Jones “and his real estate dealings mounted to millions of dollars,” reported the Chicago Tribune. Ogden’s land acquisitions were a catalyst for growth for the city of Chicago.

    “Mr. Ogden was a conspicuous figure in Chicago history from 1835, when he came to the city, until his death in 1877,” wrote the Tribune on the 100-year anniversary of Ogden’s birth in 1905. “The first drawbridge built across the river was the result of his work and his initiative. He began the movement which resulted in the digging of the Illinois and Michigan canal ... The north side was a chaos of confused and entangled streets when he first came to Chicago and in the course of a few years he laid out and opened miles of thoroughfares. He did much in developing the water, sewage, and park systems. In 1864 he became president of the Chicago and North Western railway. Ogden contributed time and money to charitable and educational institutions. He was the first president of Rush Medical College and president of the board of the original University of Chicago.” 

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