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William Hale Thompson
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41st Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by Carter Harrison, Jr.
Succeeded by William Emmett Dever
43rd Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by William Emmett Dever
Succeeded by Anton Cermak
Personal details
Born May 14, 1869(1869-05-14)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died March 19, 1944(1944-03-19) (aged 74)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Residence Chicago, Illinois

William Hale Thompson (May 14, 1869 – March 19, 1944) was an American who was the Mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923 and again from 1927 to 1931. Known as "Big Bill",[1] Thompson was the last Republican to serve as Mayor of Chicago, and is one of the worst mayors in American history.[2]

Thompson was born on May 14, 1869 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Thompson died on March 19, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, aged 74.


  1. Reynolds, Paul (29-11-2009). "US-UK 'Special Relationship' Not So Special Any More". BBC. Retrieved 03-02-2010.
  2. Grossman, Mark (2008). Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed. Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing. pp. 329. ISBN 978-1-59237-297-3 .