Carter Harrison Sr.

Chicago IL

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Harrison Park was named for one of Chicago’s most intriguing and popular mayors – a staunch advocate of organized labor, he supported the 1886 May 1st Strike that abruptly turned into the infamous Haymarket Square Riot and is now commemorated around the world as May Day.

Instead of pushing immigrants to adopt Anglo-American customs, Carter Harrison was the first mayor to accommodate the city’s ethnic groups and their neighborhood affairs. He served five terms until 1893 when a disgruntled man, insisting he be hired by the city, shot Mayor Harrison in his own home. Mayor Harrison was assassinated just three days before the close of the Columbian Exposition.

"Genius is but audacity, and the audacity of Chicago has chosen a star. It has looked upward to it and knows nothing that it fears to attempt and thus far has found nothing that it cannot accomplish."- Mayor Harrison on Oct 28, 1893 at the Colombian Exposition. He was assassinated a few hours later.
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