by Hank Morris
Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne (1853-1937) was the 38th Mayor of Chicago (Democrat) and 24th Governor of Illinois. Judge Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne was born in Watertown, Connecticut, son of an ardent Irish nationalist, and moved with his family to Peoria, IL as a child. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Union College of Law in Chicago. From 1892 to 1905 he was a Judge of the Circuit Court in Chicago. He served as Mayor from 1905 to 1907. Mayor Dunne was elected on his promise to deliver a transportation system owned by the city. His inability to fulfill this promise led to his overwhelming defeat at the next election.
During his term he reduced the price of gasoline from $1.00 to $0.85 a gallon. In 1912 he was elected Governor (1913-1917). He supported progressive causes, including women’s suffrage, prison reform, and the creation of the Public Utility Commission. After finishing his term as Governor, he founded an organization to combat the Ku Klux Klan. Dunne was the only person to have been a Judge, Mayor, and Governor.