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John H. Kinzie
John Harris Kinzie (born July 7, 1803 in Sandwich, Ontario -June 21, 1865) was the eldest son of John Kinzie, Chicago's first white settler, Kinzie arrived in Chicago with his parents when he was one year old.
After living with his family in Detroit, Michigan following the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Kinzies returned to Chicago in 1816 and from 1818 until 1823, he worked for the American Fur Company. He spent some time working for the governor of the Michigan Territory in the 1820s and became an Indian subagent at Fort Winnebago until he returned to Chicago in 1833. On August 11, 1834, Kinzie became the second president of Chicago. He ran against William Butler Ogden for mayor when Chicago became a city and lost.
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