Charles E Merriam

Charles E. Merriam, a professor, was persuaded to run as a reform mayor candidate in 1911 by Progressive Republican leader Harold L. Ickes. Although he had many wealthy backers, Merriam had to go against Carter Harrison II. Harrison's control was evident as ward bosses were able to elect him by 4% on April 4, 1911.

Merriam's defeat took the air from the Progressive movement in Chicago at the time.1 He would run again in 1919 against Big Bill Thompson for the GOP nomination, and lose.2

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