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Walter S. Gurnee
14th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by James Curtiss
Succeeded by Charles McNeill Gray
Personal details
Born March 9, 1813(1813-03-09)
Haverstraw, New York, U.S.
Died April 18, 1903(1903-04-18) (aged 90)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Walter S. Gurnee (March 9, 1813 – April 18, 1903) was an American politician. He was the Mayor of Chicago from 1851 through 1853. The town Gurnee, Illinois is named after him. He was a Democrat.

Gurnee was born on March 9, 1813 in Haverstraw, New York.[1] He was raised in Michigan and in Chicago. He was never married and had no children. Gurnee died on April 18, 1903 in New York City, New York from natural causes, aged 90.


  1. Pierce, Bessie Louise (2007). A History of Chicago: The Beginning of a City, 1673-1848. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 177.

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