Monday, October 10, 2011
Who Was I?
In the early 1900s, President Teddy Roosevelt wanted a naval training base built. There were 37 sites bordering the Great Lakes considered, and it looked as though Wisconsin was going to be awarded the prize.
This man, a member of the Chicago Merchants' Society, lobbied and bullied Chicago businesses for the money to purchase 172 acres in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Once acquired, the property was sold to the government for $1, and became the site of Great Lakes Naval Training Base. It was a huge victory for Illinois.
He died of a stress-induced heart attack even before the cornerstone could be installed at the future naval base. Some say Great Lakes is his memorial.
While he was not from Uptown, he is honored here. Who was he?