Mayor William H. Thompson & G.A.R. Veterans in Chicago
Jun, 1916
In 1915, William Hale Thompson (1869 - 1944) was elected mayor of Chicago and he served until 1923. Thompson was the last Republican to be elected mayor of Chicago. Known as "Big Bill" his administration became notorious for corruption. He would also be elected mayor again in 1927 and serve until 1931. Clarence Darrow would successfully defend several clients who were part of the Thompson administration. Thompson is widely viewed as being one of the most corrupt mayors in the history of the United States. The G.A.R. is the Grand Army of the Republic a fraternal organization for veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-21872