1927 Chicago mayoral election
The 1927 Chicago mayoral election was held on April 5. Democratic incumbent William Emmett Dever was defeated by Republican candidate William Hale Thompson. The election was won by Thompson by a margin of less than the margin of Dever’s victory in the Democratic primary. It remains as of 2019 the last Chicago mayoral elections not won by a Democrat.
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The 1927 Chicago mayoral election was held on April 5. Democratic incumbent William Emmett Dever was defeated by Republican candidate William Hale Thompson. Former health commissioner John Dill Robertson broke with Thompson to run on his own and received more than five percent of the vote. Dever enforced Prohibition despite being personally opposed to it. This led to increased bootlegging and violence in the city and reduced citizen support. Thompson’s victory damaged Chicago’s national reputation. It remains as of 2019 the last Chicago mayoral elections not won by a Democrat. The election was won by Thompson by a margin of less than the margin of Dever’s victory in the Democratic primary. The race was held despite the fact that Dever had not run for a second term in 1927, a feeling strengthened by poor health and lucrative job offers in the private sector. The winner of the election was elected to a three-year term in 1928. The next election was in 1930, when Dever ran for re-election for a third term and won by more than 10 percentage points. The current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, was re-elected to a four year term in 1932. The last mayor to serve two terms was John McWhorter, who served from 1915 to 1923. The city’s current mayor, Dever, was first elected to office in 1923 and served until 1934. The mayor was elected again in 1936, when he ran for a fourth term and was elected for a fifth term in 1938. The incumbent, William EmMett Dvers, died in office in 1941.
The former mayor was succeeded by his son-in-law, Edward Dever. The new mayor, Edward R. Litsinger, was elected in 1940. The previous mayor was alderman of the 2nd ward, home of Chicago’s largest black population, from 1900 to 1902. The first round of primary elections took place on February 22, along with primary elections for City Clerk and City Treasurer. The second round of elections were held on February 27, with the first round for City Attorney and Ward 2. The third round of the elections was on February 28, and the second round for Ward 2 was on the 27th. The primary elections were the first to be held on March 1. The general election was the first on March 8, and Dever won by an overwhelming margin of more than the total vote than the Republican primary margin of 10 to 1, winning all the wards and securing the citywide vote by a 10-to-1 margin. The Republican primary was the second to take place on March 11, with Dever winning by an even larger margin than the primary victory in February. The final election was on March 14, and Thompson was elected by a large margin to his third term in office. Thompson was supported and funded by Al Capone and was considered a potential dark horse candidate for President of the United States. He promised to end the enforcement of Prohibition and accused the United Kingdom of trying to retake control of the US.
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