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Alson Sherman
8th Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 2, 1844 – March 10, 1845
Preceded by Augustus Garrett
Succeeded by Augustus Garrett
Chicago Alderman from the 3rd Ward
In office
Serving with John C. Haines
Preceded by E.H. Chapin
Succeeded by J.L. James
Personal details
Born (1811-04-21)April 21, 1811
Barre, Vermont
Died September 27, 1903(1903-09-27) (aged 92)
Waukegan, Illinois
Political party Independent Democrat
Spouse Aurora Abbott
Children Alla, Fannie, Kate, Frank, Flora, Walter, Helen, Mary, Nancy, Abijah, Adeline, Marion, Caira, Lucius,
Residences Chicago, Illinois

Alson Sherman (April 21, 1811 – September 27, 1903) served as Mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1844–1845) as an Independent Democrat.

Sherman was born to Nathanial Sherman and Deborah (Webster) on April 21, 1811, in Barre, Vermont.

Sherman established the first sawmill in Chicago and served as the city's first iceman.

In the three years before he was elected mayor, Sherman served as chief of Chicago's fire department.

In 1844, Sherman ran for mayor of Chicago after an initial election was invalidated based on charges of "illegal proceedings and fraud." He ran as an Independent Democratic nominee against incumbent Democrat Augustus Garrett and Liberty Party nominee Henry Smith, winning the office with just over 50% of the vote.

As mayor, he oversaw the city's purchase of its first piece of fire-fighting equipment and appointed Denis Swenie as fire chief.

In 1849 he won a special election to replace E.H. Chapin, who had resigned from the Chicago City Council, as an alderman for the city's third ward. He won a full term in 1850.

In 1850, he became one of the original trustees of Northwestern University.

He moved to Waukegan, Illinois, in 1856. In the 1870s, when a canal being dug in Lemont, Illinois, revealed Athens marble, Sherman was instrumental in developing the marble quarry there. He died in 1903 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Illinois.

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