Mayor Medill Speaks

Tuesday, November 7, 1871

The Union Fire Proof ticket dominates the city election.  Joseph Medill is elected mayor in a landslide, and other nominees on the ticket capture fourteen of the twenty seats on the Common Council.  In his victory speech, Medill tells the voters, “Your duty as electors has been performed independently and well, and Chicago has shown the world that she was worthy of the confidence reposed in her.”