Levi Boone

Fourteenth Mayor of the City of Chicago (1855)

Member of the Know-Nothing Party and grand-nephew of Daniel Boone, Levi Boone received his education at the little known Transylvania Medical University in 1829.

After being elected mayor, Boone declared that all applying for employment with the city, especially as policemen, had to prove they were born on U.S. soil.1

This was not enough ethnic division for Boone as he went on to enforce sunday closing laws by closing German beer halls on the North side, while allowing South Side saloons to remain open. Over 200 people would end up being arrested for refusing either to close their establishment or to pay a higher licensing fee.2

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