John Patrick Hopkins was a businessman and served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1893-1895) for the Democratic Party. He was elected in a special election following the assasination of Mayor Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. He was the first of nine Irish-American Caholic mayors of Chicago. It was during his term in July, 1894 that the Pullman strike and riots occurred.
John P. Hopkins, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Independent Pneumatic Tool Co., Chicago, Ill, and former Mayor of Chicago, died in that city October 13, aged sixty years. He was ill only a few days and died from heart trouble superinduced by an attack of Spanish Influenza. Mr. Hopkins was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1858. He went to Chicago in 1830 and obtained a position with the Pullman Palace Car Co. as a machinist. Later he went into business for himself as a parttner in the firm of Secord & Hopkins, at Pullman, Ill. In 1905, he became interested in the Independent Pneumatic Tool Co. He was one of the original organizers of the company and was the largest stock-holder. Source: Machinery, Volume 25 By Lester Gray French.
He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.
29th Mayor of Chicago
December 19, 1893
Defeated George B. Swift(Republican), Michael Britzius (Socialist) and Ebenezer Wakely (People's Party)
December 27, 1893
Term of office:
October 29, 1858
1880 - Worked as a machinist with the Pullman Palace Car Co.
1888 – Started the Arcade Trading Co. which later became the Secord and Hopkins Co.
Chicago’s first Irish Catholic mayor
Held many positions in national Democratic party
Died of influenza while State Council of Defense
October 13, 1918
Calvary Cemetery, Chicago
Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 14, 1918, pg. 13.
Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 17, 1918, pg. 5.