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|18th Mayor of Chicago|
March 11, 1856 – March 10, 1857
|Preceded by||Levi Boone|
|Succeeded by||John Wentworth|
|Born||(1805-01-13)January 13, 1805
|Died||June 6, 1862(1862-06-06) (aged 57)
Connecticut, United States
Thomas Dyer (January 13, 1805 – June 6, 1862; buried in Connecticut) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1856–1857) for the Democratic Party. He also served as the founding president of the Chicago Board of Trade.
He was a former meat-packing partner of former mayor John Putnam Chapin, who was one of Chicago's first meat packers. Chapin built a slaughterhouse on the South Branch of the Chicago River in 1844.
Running as a "pro-Nebraska" Democrat (aligned with Stephen A. Douglas, who publicly backed his candidacy), Dyer won the contentious 1856 Chicago mayoral election, defeating former mayor Francis Cornwall Sherman (who ran as an anti-Nebraska candidate).
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