Clybourn, Archibald

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Archibald Clybourn (or Clybourne) (1802-1872) was the first and perhaps the only man to build a 20-room mansion next to a Chicago stockyard--his own, built in 1829.

He was also very likely the first man to build a Chicago stockyard (1829), His house, called "pretentious" for its day, was built on Elston Road (now Elston Avenue) with bricks made by Francis Cornwall Sherman, founder of the Sherman House Hotel and a Mayor of Chicago.

Clybourn and his father, Jonas Clybourne, also had the distinction of being two of the earliest Chicago butchers. During the Black Hawk War, the Clybourns and another family of Butchers helped feed the pioneers who took refuge at Fort Dearborn.

Archibald Clybourn was the first constable of the Chicago region, in addition to being a Justice of the Peace and a school trustee. But his primary contribution to the lore of Chicago was his stockyard. Little did he know in 1829 that he would be setting the scene for the city that would be known as the "hog butcher for the world."

Archibald Clybourne was a cousin of Archibald Caldwell.

Caldwell came to Chicago from Virginia with his sister, Louisa Caldwell before Clybourne arrived.