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Benjamin Wright Raymond (June 15 1801 - April 5 1883; buried in Graceland Cemeterymarker) twice served as mayor of Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker (1839-1840, 1842-1843) for the Whig Party.

During his terms as mayor, Raymond ensured that State Street would be a wide thoroughfare. He also secured the site of Fort Dearbornmarker for the city of Chicago when it was sold by the federal government.

In 1864, approached by J.C. Adams of the Waltham Watch Company, Raymond agreed to put up the money to start a watch company in the Midwest. The men elected to build the company in Elgin, Illinoismarker, which donated of land to the entrepreneurs. The building was completed in 1866 and housed the Elgin Watch Company. The first model the company made was named the B.W. Raymond.


  1. "Obituary," Chicago Daily Tribune, April 6, 1883.

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